mesmerize

[ mez-muh-rahyz, mes- ]
/ ˈmɛz məˌraɪz, ˈmɛs- /
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verb (used with object), mes·mer·ized, mes·mer·iz·ing.

to hypnotize.
to spellbind; fascinate.
to compel by fascination.
Also especially British, mes·mer·ise.

Origin of mesmerize

First recorded in 1820–30; mesmer(ism) + -ize
Related formsmes·mer·i·za·tion, nounmes·mer·iz·er, nounun·mes·mer·ized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mesmerization

mesmerize

mesmerise

/ (ˈmɛzməˌraɪz) /

verb (tr)

a former word for hypnotize
to hold (someone) as if spellbound
Derived Formsmesmerization or mesmerisation, nounmesmerizer or mesmeriser, noun
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Word Origin and History for mesmerization

mesmerize


v.

1829, back-formation from mesmerism. Transferred sense of "enthrall" is first attested 1862. Related: Mesmerized; mesmerizing.

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