- to hypnotize.
- to spellbind; fascinate.
- to compel by fascination.
Origin of mesmerize
Related Words for mesmerizehypnotize, fascinate, enthrall, stupefy, control, grip, entrance, drug, numb, deaden, spellbind, magnetize, ensorcell
Examples from the Web for mesmerize
Contemporary Examples of mesmerize
Unlikely star manages to mesmerize Jews, Arabs through 'Mizrahi' songs.The Shots and the Screams
April 10, 2012
Historical Examples of mesmerize
You mean that you want to mesmerize her as you did the Zulu chief.
"No wonder Benita won't let you mesmerize her," he said shortly.
The proportion of people who have the power to mesmerize, if it be a power, I do not know.
On my replying in the affirmative he said, ‘Can you mesmerize any one at a distance?’Telepathy and the Subliminal Self
R. Osgood Mason
I sneered at her, too, at first, but when I was left alone with her she seemed to mesmerize me.Si Klegg, Book 3 (of 6)
- a former word for hypnotize
- to hold (someone) as if spellbound
1829, back-formation from mesmerism. Transferred sense of "enthrall" is first attested 1862. Related: Mesmerized; mesmerizing.