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.
Also especially British, mag·ne·tise.
Origin of magnetize
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
First recorded in 1775–85; magnet
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British Dictionary definitions for magnetize
Derived Formsmagnetizable or magnetisable, adjectivemagnetization or magnetisation, nounmagnetizer or magnetiser, noun
to make (a substance or object) magnetic
to attract strongly
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Word Origin and History for magnetize
1799, from 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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