hyp·​no·​tize | \ ˈhip-nə-ˌtīz How to pronounce hypnotize (audio) \
hypnotized; hypnotizing

Definition of hypnotize

transitive verb

1 : to induce hypnosis in
2 : to dazzle or overcome by or as if by suggestion a voice that hypnotizes its hearers drivers hypnotized by speed

Other Words from hypnotize

hypnotizability \ ˌhip-​nə-​ˌtī-​zə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce hypnotize (audio) \ noun
hypnotizable \ ˈhip-​nə-​ˌtī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce hypnotize (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hypnotize in a Sentence

The therapist hypnotized him and asked him questions about his traumatic experiences in the war. He can hypnotize people with his stare.
Recent Examples on the Web But this only ties into the film’s thematic thread about the slipperiness of memory and how charismatic people can almost hypnotize us into not believing the evidence of our eyes. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Jan. 2022 The leak even mentions MJ reading a newspaper report to Peter that says Spider-Man might have the power to hypnotize women. Chris Smith, BGR, 25 Aug. 2021 The kind that brims with superhero energy, that can dominate the stage and hypnotize the masses? Michael J. Seidlinger, Wired, 24 June 2021 As expected, Shayna Baszler’s mystique as a real-life shoot-fighter took a blow by the end of this match, which saw Alexa Bliss hypnotize and control Nia Jax. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Those experiences remind him of a D.J.’s ability to guide and almost hypnotize a receptive crowd. Eric Ducker, New York Times, 8 June 2021 Producer/singer Gess is ready to hypnotize you with his latest single. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 5 Mar. 2021 The off-kilter rhythms feel both immersive and agitated, as if Fincher were trying to both hypnotize you and jolt you awake with his lustrous Old Hollywood homage. Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2020 Everyone understood, moreover, never to look Bras-Coupé directly in the eyes, as his gaze could hypnotize you or turn you into stone. USA Today, 1 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of hypnotize

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for hypnotize


hyp·​no·​tize | \ ˈhip-nə-ˌtīz How to pronounce hypnotize (audio) \
hypnotized; hypnotizing

Kids Definition of hypnotize

: to affect by or as if by hypnotism Her beautiful voice hypnotized the audience.


transitive verb
variants: also British hypnotise \ -​ˌtīz How to pronounce hypnotize (audio) \
hypnotized also British hypnotised; hypnotizing also British hypnotising

Medical Definition of hypnotize

1 : to induce hypnosis in
2 : to influence by or as if by suggestion a voice that hypnotizes its hearers

Other Words from hypnotize

hypnotizability also British hypnotisability \ ˌhip-​nə-​ˌtī-​zə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce hypnotize (audio) \ noun, plural hypnotizabilities
hypnotizable also British hypnotisable \ ˈhip-​nə-​ˌtī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce hypnotize (audio) \ adjective

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