verb (used with object), mes·mer·ized, mes·mer·iz·ing.
- mesmer, friedrich anton,
- mesne lord,
Origin of mesmerize
Examples from the Web for mesmerize
Why was it that he could not mesmerize Augustus, who ought to be an unusually good subject?
As a matter of fact he did not mesmerize Helen, and she knew perfectly well how the trick was done.Joe Strong The Boy Fire-Eater|Vance Barnum
"Let's mesmerize Goose-Grease," yelled Jimmy, as he turned the stream of water full upon him.Miss Minerva and William Green Hill|Frances Boyd Calhoun
You mean that you want to mesmerize her as you did the Zulu chief.Benita, An African Romance|H. Rider Haggard
I thought you said you could mesmerize me any time you chose.
1829, back-formation from mesmerism. Transferred sense of "enthrall" is first attested 1862. Related: Mesmerized; mesmerizing.