Dictionary.com

mesmerize

[ mez-muh-rahyz, mes- ]
/ ˈmɛz məˌraɪz, ˈmɛs- /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: mesmerize / mesmerized / mesmerizing on Thesaurus.com

verb (used with object), mes·mer·ized, mes·mer·iz·ing.

to hypnotize.
to spellbind; fascinate.
to compel by fascination.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON "WAS" VS. "WERE"!

Were you ready for a quiz on this topic? Well, here it is! See how well you can differentiate between the uses of "was" vs. "were" in this quiz.
Question 1 of 7
“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

Meet Grammar Coach

Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing

Meet Grammar Coach

Improve Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help
Also especially British, mes·mer·ise .

Origin of mesmerize

First recorded in 1820–30; mesmer(ism) + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM mesmerize

mes·mer·i·za·tion, nounmes·mer·iz·er, nounun·mes·mer·ized, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for mesmerize

British Dictionary definitions for mesmerize

mesmerize

mesmerise

/ (ˈmɛzməˌraɪz) /

verb (tr)

a former word for hypnotize
to hold (someone) as if spellbound

Derived forms of mesmerize

mesmerization or mesmerisation, nounmesmerizer or mesmeriser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK