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 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 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, "Review: ‘Mank’ is a gorgeous dive into film history — and a sharp reflection on our political present," 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, "The Legend of Bras-Coupé: How police turned a Black man into a villain to save themselves," 1 Oct. 2020 In September 1980, Texas Ranger Bobby Prince of Company F (San Antonio-Waco-Austin) attempted to hypnotize a man who wanted to remember if a scratch on his hand came from a rabid cat. Dallas Morning News, "Texas law enforcement uses hypnosis to investigate crimes. Does it uncover the truth?," 8 Apr. 2020 Those hypnotizing moments that first astounded teammates in training camp have kept piling up. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Kevin Porter Jr.'s rapid rise, from erratic rookie to potential franchise cornerstone, isn’t surprising to Cleveland Cavaliers," 4 Mar. 2020 The countess also casts her indolent spell on the resolute state prosecutor Norbert von Wenk (Bernhard Goetzke), who doggedly pursues Mabuse until he is hypnotized by the master to drive a speeding death car. J. Hoberman, New York Times, "An Evil Doctor Who Casts a Spell on Subjects and Viewers Alike," 6 May 2020 Some of the best Korean street food can be found at the markets, and I was hypnotized by the mountains of spicy rice cakes and crispy mung-bean pancakes at the famous Gwangjang Market. Tori Smith, Quartz, "Returning to Korea as an adoptee changed the way I think about home," 19 Apr. 2020 Donna knows something Betty doesn’t, though: There’s now a new code, one that can hypnotize Betty on a dime. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "What Really Happened The Night Jughead Died," 13 Feb. 2020 Donna knows something Betty doesn’t, though: There’s now a new code, one that can hypnotize Betty on a dime. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "What Really Happened The Night Jughead Died," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of hypnotize

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hypnotize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypnotize. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for hypnotize

hypnotize

verb
How to pronounce hypnotize (audio)

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 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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