- to hypnotize.
- to spellbind; fascinate.
- to compel by fascination.
Origin of mesmerize
Examples from the Web for mesmerized
I had been mesmerized all my life by her tales of love, war, and escape that played out like a movie before my eyes.‘Crossing the Borders of Time:’ A Mother’s Rekindled Love
May 13, 2012
Two weeks ago the 30-minute video “Kony 2012” shocked and mesmerized the world via YouTube.Where’s the Outrage Over the Killing of Trayvon Martin?
March 19, 2012
Despite mounting evidence, Bristol “ignored his lies, mesmerized by what I thought was love.”Bristol Palin’s Memoir: The Juiciest Bits
June 21, 2011
He was mesmerized by the variety and the ease with which everything appeared.My Disney Cruise from Hell
April 9, 2010
I was mesmerized by the magic radio was,” Beck remembers, “how it could create pictures in my head.Glenn Beck's Dark Past
January 22, 2010
He felt as if he had been mesmerized; as if he could neither move nor speak.The Borough Treasurer
Joseph Smith Fletcher
She could not proceed, mesmerized as she seemed to be under that awful gaze.The Silver Lining
How would you know that you were mesmerized, and how would you help yourself?A Little Union Scout
Joel Chandler Harris
He mesmerized numbers of the boys, and made them do or think whatever he said.A Boy's Town
W. D. Howells
There lay the magic of his power over Mr. Spokesly's mesmerized soul.Command
- a former word for hypnotize
- to hold (someone) as if spellbound
Word Origin and History for mesmerized
1829, back-formation from mesmerism. Transferred sense of "enthrall" is first attested 1862. Related: Mesmerized; mesmerizing.