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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The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik is a corkscrewing, trippy little book about a teenage boy who gets hypnotized and wakes up in a subtly different world. Constance Grady, Vox, "The 16 best books I read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 The book’s heartbreaking climax doesn’t make the questions or answers any easier to swallow, and Mr. Orange leaves the reader enmeshed and hypnotized. WSJ, "Who Read What in 2018: Actors and Entertainers," 10 Dec. 2018 But last night, the reality mogul hypnotized us all in a trippy vintage Jean Paul Gaultier dress at the 2018 People's Choice Awards. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian’s People’s Choice Awards Dress May Hypnotize You," 12 Nov. 2018 The English-language track showcases KATIE’s sultry tone through lush synths and hypnotizing percussion. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "KATIE Releases Debut Single 'Remember': Watch the Video," 6 June 2018 Beneath the surface, Indian Market’s hypnotizing mineralogical beauties are more often than not unnatural stones. Alexandra Mondalek, Vox, "Fake turquoise jewelry is hurting Native Americans economically," 24 Oct. 2018 Sheldon Plankton of the Chum Bucket restaurant—the picture of callous capitalism—devises a scheme to sell more chum burgers by hypnotizing everybody. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Now on Broadway: SpongeBob ChauvinistPants," 11 July 2018 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

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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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