- 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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- to induce hypnosis in (a person)
- to charm or beguile; fascinate
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- To put a person into a state of hypnosis.
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