verb (used with object), hyp·no·tized, hyp·no·tiz·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), hyp·no·tized, hyp·no·tiz·ing.
Also especially British, hyp·no·tise.
Origin of hypnotize
Related formshyp·no·tiz·a·ble, adjectivehyp·no·tiz·a·bil·i·ty, nounhalf-hyp·no·tized, adjectivere·hyp·no·tize, verb (used with object), re·hyp·no·tized, re·hyp·no·tiz·ing.un·hyp·no·tiz·a·ble, adjectiveun·hyp·no·tize, verb (used with object), un·hyp·no·tized, un·hyp·no·tiz·ing.
First recorded in 1843;
see origin at hypnotism
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Related Words for hypnotizemesmerize
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Historical Examples of hypnotize
But the sound of Peter's narrative seemed to fascinate—to hypnotize him.
If he should hypnotize her, what was there to prevent his learning everything.
Her husband wanted me to hypnotize her but I preferred another way.
Now we come to the point where the subject wishes to hypnotize himself.
You carried her off against her will—and did what you could to hypnotize her into marrying you.
British Dictionary definitions for hypnotize
Derived Formshypnotizable or hypnotisable, adjectivehypnotizability or hypnotisability, nounhypnotization or hypnotisation, nounhypnotizer or hypnotiser, noun
to induce hypnosis in (a person)
to charm or beguile; fascinate
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Word Origin and History for hypnotize
1843, see hypnotic + -ize. Related: Hypnotized; hypnotizing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Related formshyp′no•tiz′a•ble adj.hyp′no•ti•za′tion (-tĭ-zā′shən) n.
To put a person into a state of hypnosis.
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