Simple Definition of mesmerize
: to hold the attention of (someone) entirely : to interest or amaze (someone) so much that nothing else is seen or noticed
Examples of mesmerize in a sentence
<discovered that the children were mesmerized by a television show>
Did You Know?
Experts can't agree on whether Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815) was a quack or a genius, but all concede that the late 18th-century physician's name is the source of the word mesmerize. In his day, Mesmer was the toast of Paris, where he enjoyed the support of notables including Queen Marie Antoinette. He treated patients with a force he termed "animal magnetism." Many believe that what he actually used was what we now call "hypnotism." Mesmer's name was first applied to a technique for inducing hypnosis by one of his students in 1784.
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