- to put in the hypnotic state.
- to influence, control, or direct completely, as by personal charm, words, or domination: The speaker hypnotized the audience with his powerful personality.
- to frighten or startle so that movement is impossible: The headlights hypnotized the deer and it just stood staring at the oncoming car.
Also especially British, hyp·no·tise.
Origin of hypnotize
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Examples from the Web for hypnotises
There must be something about a Turk that hypnotises an Egyptian.Pan-Islam
George Wyman Bury
Unorna hypnotises our old friend there—and our young one, too.The Witch of Prague
F. Marion Crawford
This is the mastery which produces in free skating that "melting" of one figure into another which so hypnotises the onlooker.Woman as Decoration
The depth of the water at the bridge is not great, yet deep enough to be mysterious and it hypnotises me.Confessions of Boyhood
- to induce hypnosis in (a person)
- to charm or beguile; fascinate
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Word Origin and History for hypnotises
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To put a person into a state of hypnosis.
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