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hypnotize

[hip-nuh-tahyz]
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verb (used with object), hyp·no·tized, hyp·no·tiz·ing.
  1. to put in the hypnotic state.
  2. to influence, control, or direct completely, as by personal charm, words, or domination: The speaker hypnotized the audience with his powerful personality.
  3. to frighten or startle so that movement is impossible: The headlights hypnotized the deer and it just stood staring at the oncoming car.
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verb (used without object), hyp·no·tized, hyp·no·tiz·ing.
  1. to practice hypnosis; put or be able to put others into a hypnotic state.
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Also especially British, hyp·no·tise.

Origin of hypnotize

First recorded in 1843; see origin at hypnotism, -ize
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.
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Related Words for hypnotized

enchanted, charmed, fascinated, mesmerized

Examples from the Web for hypnotized

Contemporary Examples of hypnotized

Historical Examples of hypnotized

  • A hypnotizer may abuse his suggestive power to exploit the love of the hypnotized.

  • The Wanderer's intense gaze held Bert speechless, hypnotized.

  • You've hypnotized her—that is what you've done, hypnotized her.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • For Serbs and Bulgars have always been hypnotized by Macedonia.

    England and Germany

    Emile Joseph Dillon

  • I will give you universal happiness, you silly, hypnotized ghoul, you!

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for hypnotized

hypnotize

hypnotise

verb (tr)
  1. to induce hypnosis in (a person)
  2. to charm or beguile; fascinate
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Derived Formshypnotizable or hypnotisable, adjectivehypnotizability or hypnotisability, nounhypnotization or hypnotisation, nounhypnotizer or hypnotiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for hypnotized

hypnotize

v.

1843, see hypnotic + -ize. Related: Hypnotized; hypnotizing.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

hypnotized in Medicine

hypnotize

(hĭpnə-tīz′)
v.
  1. To put a person into a state of hypnosis.
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Related formshypno•tiz′a•ble adj.hyp′no•ti•zation (-tĭ-zāshən) n.
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