hypnotize

verb
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

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Other Words from hypnotize

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

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Riding an escalator to the mezzanine of President Plaza, I was hypnotized by the performance of the chef behind the counter of the tiny O’Tray Noodles. Taras Grescoe, New York Times, "The Best Asian Food in North America? Try British Columbia," 4 June 2018 The summer can be hypnotizing, but the truth is, a new season is just around the corner. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Gemini Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 Then Schumer mimes pulling out a tampon and hypnotizing her coworker with it. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Amy Schumer Gets Extremely Real About Periods in Her New Netflix Special," 20 Mar. 2019 When desperate times call for equally desperate measures, Seeb and Dagny turn it into a hypnotizing visual for their new collaboration. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Seeb & Dagny Depict Delusional Heartache With 'Drink About' Video: Exclusive Premiere," 5 June 2018 Suddenly, the room quieted down when Billie Eilish graced the stage to serenade and hypnotize the entire room with her chilling voice. Kendall Lindsay, Vogue, "Billie Eilish Performs at the Launch Party for Garage Magazine's Latest Issue," 6 Feb. 2019 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

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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 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.

hypnotize

transitive verb
hyp·​no·​tize
variants: also British hypnotise \ -​ˌtīz How to pronounce hypnotise (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 hypnotisability (audio) \ noun, plural hypnotizabilities
hypnotizable also British hypnotisable \ ˈhip-​nə-​ˌtī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce hypnotisable (audio) \ adjective

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