[ mag-ni-tahyz ]
/ ˈmæg nɪˌtaɪz /

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.

Nearby words

  1. magnetics,
  2. magnetism,
  3. magnetite,
  4. magnetizable,
  5. magnetization,
  6. magnetizing force,
  7. magneto,
  8. magneto-,
  9. magneto-electric,
  10. magnetoacoustics

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for magnetize



/ (ˈmæɡnɪˌtaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to make (a substance or object) magnetic
to attract strongly
an obsolete word for mesmerize
Derived Formsmagnetizable or magnetisable, adjectivemagnetization or magnetisation, nounmagnetizer or magnetiser, noun

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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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for magnetize


[ măgnĭ-tīz′ ]

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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