hypnotize

verb

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

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
hypnotizability noun
hypnotizable 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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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hypnotize was in 1843

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Cite this Entry

“Hypnotize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypnotize. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

hypnotize

verb
hyp·​no·​tize ˈhip-nə-ˌtīz How to pronounce hypnotize (audio)
hypnotized; hypnotizing
1
: to cause hypnosis in
2
: to deaden judgment or resistance by or as if by hypnotic suggestion
hypnotizable adjective

Medical Definition

hypnotize

transitive verb
hyp·​no·​tize
variants also British hypnotise
hypnotized also British hypnotised; hypnotizing also British hypnotising
1
: to induce hypnosis in
2
: to influence by or as if by suggestion
a voice that hypnotizes its hearers
hypnotizability noun
also British hypnotisability
plural hypnotizabilities
hypnotizable adjective
also British hypnotisable

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