EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object), mag·net·ized, mag·net·iz·ing. to make a magnet of or impart the properties of a magnet to. to exert an attracting or compelling influence upon: The evangelist's oratory magnetized his listeners. . Archaic to mesmerize.
, especially British mag·ne·tise. Origin of magnetize
First recorded in
-ize Related forms mag·net·iz·er, noun non·mag·net·ized, adjective re·mag·net·ize, verb (used with object), re·mag·net·ized, re·mag·net·iz·ing. un·mag·net·ized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for magnetise Historical Examples of magnetise British Dictionary definitions for magnetise verb (tr) to make (a substance or object) magnetic to attract strongly Derived Forms magnetizable or magnetisable, adjective magnetization or magnetisation, noun magnetizer or magnetiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for magnetise v.
magnet + -ize. Related: Magnetized; magnetizing. From 1785 in now-obsolete sense of "to mesmerize."
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To cause an object to become temporarily or permanently magnetic. For example, an unmagnetized object made of ferromagnetic material consists of molecules that are magnetic but randomly aligned, producing no net magnetic field; exposure to a magnetic field causes the molecules to align themselves with the field, producing their own net field, so that the object as a whole becomes magnetized.
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