hypnotize

verb
hyp·no·tize | \ˈhip-nə-ˌtīz \
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

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Other Words from hypnotize

hypnotizability \ˌhip-nə-ˌtī-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
hypnotizable \ˈhip-nə-ˌtī-zə-bəl \ 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.

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If Faye’s tone and perspective remain distant and chilling, her clear insights — their precision and wisdom — hypnotize. Joan Frank, SFChronicle.com, "‘Kudos,’ by Rachel Cusk," 6 July 2018 Screenslaver likes to attach goggles to people, hypnotizing them at close quarters. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Incredibles 2 Addresses the State of the Union," 19 June 2018 Pedro Canale, the Argentine DJ and producer behind Chancha, is a pathfinder who first hypnotized musical explorers in the early 2000s with his referential yet experimental stylings. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Viva Friday: Listen to the Best New Latin Music This Week By Ozuna & Tory Lanez, Shakira & Maluma and More," 8 June 2018 It is fronted by Liu’s captivating delivery of the smooth song’s bilingual lyrics about love and obsession, and backed by hypnotizing beats and otherworldly synths. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Lexie Liu Takes a Joyride in Haunting 'Like a Mercedes' Video," 19 June 2018 In the meantime, watching the machine at work is hypnotizing, even if there's still something to be said for the pure joy of seeing a master (human) glassblower at work. Jake Swearingen, Popular Mechanics, "MIT Creates a 3D Printer for Glass," 21 Aug. 2015 Screenslaver’s thing is hypnotizing people through their screens, getting them to commit heinous acts. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Incredibles 2 Addresses the State of the Union," 19 June 2018 The villain here is called Screenslaver, who uses screens to hypnotize anyone watching. Lindsey Bahr, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Incredibles 2’ arrives in a brave new world," 14 June 2018 The Padres infielders played defense as if hypnotized into a higher plane. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Richard flirts with history, Padres still achieve rarity with win over Marlins," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of hypnotize

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hypnotize was in 1843

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hypnotize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hypnotize

: to put (a person) into a state of hypnosis

: to hold the attention of (someone) : to attract (someone) in a powerful or mysterious way

hypnotize

verb
hyp·no·tize | \ˈhip-nə-ˌtīz \
hypnotized; hypnotizing

Kids Definition of hypnotize

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

hypnotize

transitive verb
hyp·no·tize
variants: also British hypnotise \-ˌtīz \
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 \ noun plural hypnotizabilities
hypnotizable also British hypnotisable \ˈhip-nə-ˌtī-zə-bəl \ adjective

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