[ mez-muh-rahyzd, mes ]
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  1. in a hypnotic or trancelike state; hypnotized: “I could create the odor of any kind of fruit and make a mesmerized person taste and smell it,” wrote 19th-century psychic Phineas Quimby.

  2. having the attention completely absorbed; fascinated, captivated, or spellbound: At our first annual poetry slam, 28 students wielded their verbal prowess in front of a mesmerized audience of over 300.

  1. the simple past tense and past participle of mesmerize.

Origin of mesmerized

First recorded in 1825–35; mesmerize + -ed2 for the adjective senses; mesmerize + -ed1 for the verb sense
  • Also especially British, mes·mer·ised .

Other words from mesmerized

  • un·mes·mer·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mesmerized in a sentence

  • Had they mesmerised him, so that he did not want to part with them?

    The Black Opal | Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • Youre no so blind as not to see shes no liking for him, but the deil has in a way mesmerised her.

    The Snow-Burner | Henry Oyen
  • Or had the man with a cough, for his own nefarious purposes, mesmerised or hypnotised me, and to some extent succeeded?

    Uncanny Tales | Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • All this was three months ago, when the snow first mesmerised the earth and put it to sleep.

    Browning's Heroines | Ethel Colburn Mayne
  • Never hurrying never stopping, they did on, the colt watching them as though mesmerised.

    We of the Never-Never | Jeanie "Mrs. Aeneas" Gunn