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verb (used with object), mag·net·ized, mag·net·iz·ing.
  1. to make a magnet of or impart the properties of a magnet to.
  2. to exert an attracting or compelling influence upon: The evangelist's oratory magnetized his listeners.
  3. Archaic. to mesmerize.
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Also especially British, mag·ne·tise.

Origin of magnetize

First recorded in 1775–85; magnet + -ize
Related formsmag·net·iz·er, nounnon·mag·net·ized, adjectivere·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

  • A doctor will magnetise water and cure his patient therewith.

    Esoteric Christianity, or The Lesser Mysteries

    Annie Besant

  • He will magnetise a cloth, and the cloth, laid on the seat of pain, will heal.

  • She used to say in her sleep, "Magnetise the water by seven vibrations of the harp."

  • No cruel inhuman despot could magnetise with an enduring fascination multitudes of men and women as he did.

  • He had heard Mesmer say that he could magnetise bits of wood—why should he not be able to magnetise a whole tree?

British Dictionary definitions for magnetise



verb (tr)
  1. to make (a substance or object) magnetic
  2. to attract strongly
  3. an obsolete word for mesmerize
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Derived Formsmagnetizable or magnetisable, adjectivemagnetization or magnetisation, nounmagnetizer or magnetiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for magnetise



1799, from magnet + -ize. Related: Magnetized; magnetizing. From 1785 in now-obsolete sense of "to mesmerize."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

magnetise in Science


  1. 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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