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 .
- hyp·no·tiz·a·ble, adjective
- hyp·no·tiz·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- half-hyp·no·tized, adjective
- re·hyp·no·tize, verb (used with object), re·hyp·no·tized, re·hyp·no·tiz·ing.
- un·hyp·no·tiz·a·ble, adjective
- un·hyp·no·tize, verb (used with object), un·hyp·no·tized, un·hyp·no·tiz·ing.
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How to use hypnotize in a sentence
In an effort to try to get him to remember details about the voice of the perpetrator, the ex-husband was hypnotized, but it proved unsuccessful.Destroyed Evidence, Twisted Alibis, and Dead Priests at Center of Australian Murder Inquiry | Barbie Latza Nadeau | September 27, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Think of it as lush lazies that come unannounced to hypnotize you, mind and body, into a state of inactive indulgence.
Anyone watching this Mini scoot down the road could easily be hypnotized by the clever, spiral-like design etched onto the new wheels.
There’s just nothing quite as hypnotizing as molten rock—particularly when you’re nowhere near the show.Watch Hypnotic Drone Footage of Boiling Lava Taken Inside Iceland Volcano’s Crater | Jason Dorrier | March 31, 2021 | Singularity Hub
There is a meditativeness to it, a silence, Kierk and Carmen hypnotized by the pair leaning over their tasks Talmudically, as if watching two medieval illustrators at their desks.
We'll go over thar in the mornin' early en I'll watch ye hypnotize her en Hulls, like ye did Logan.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
Tells how experts hypnotize at a glance, make others obey their commands.
Moral: Don't let a pole hypnotize you with Fearthought—keep your Mind on the place to which you wish to go.Nuggets of the New Thought | William Walker Atkinson,
The pole seemed to hypnotize him, and from that day he couldn't keep his front wheel away from it.Nuggets of the New Thought | William Walker Atkinson,
On the other hand, the Paiute, from whom the ghost dance was derived, did not hypnotize.Notes on the Kiowa Sun Dance | Leslie Spier
British Dictionary definitions for hypnotize
to induce hypnosis in (a person)
to charm or beguile; fascinate
- hypnotizable or hypnotisable, adjective
- hypnotizability or hypnotisability, noun
- hypnotization or hypnotisation, noun
- hypnotizer or hypnotiser, noun
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