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mesmerize

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verb, mes·mer·ize \-mə-ˌrīz\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mesmerize

mesmerizedmesmerizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to subject to mesmerism; also :  hypnotize

  3. 2 :  spellbind

mesmerizer noun

Examples of mesmerize in a sentence

  1. <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.

1829

First Known Use of mesmerize

1829

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MESMERIZE Defined for Kids

mesmerize

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verb mes·mer·ize \ˈmez-mə-ˌrīz\

Definition of mesmerize for Students

mesmerizedmesmerizing

  1. :  to hold the complete attention of :  fascinate <The children were mesmerized by the fireworks.>




Medical Dictionary

mesmerize

transitive verb mes·mer·ize

Medical Definition of mesmerize

mesmerized or British mesmerised; mesmerizing or British mesmerising

  1. :  to subject to mesmerism; also :  hypnotize

mesmerization or British mesmerisation \ˌmez-mə-ri-ˈzā-shən\play noun


Variants of mesmerize

or British mesmerise \-mə-ˌrīz\play play


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