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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The sister squad decided to get hypnotized and they were pretty freaked out about it. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The Complete Timeline of Emma Chamberlain and Ethan Dolan's Rumored Relationship," 11 Sep. 2019 Sorry, old friend, but Henry Ford hypnotized me into abandoning my sustainable ways. James Lileks, National Review, "What’s the Matter with Fargo?," 12 Sep. 2019 Blake’s icey, downtempo music is more likely to hypnotize than energize, so find a comfortable spot and recharge those batteries before Cardi or Travis rock your face off. Blake Ryan, Billboard, "A Guide to Summer Music Festival Season 2019," 24 June 2019 The warning was, 'don't even look at it because the whirlpool will hypnotize you and suck you in. CBS News, "A trip down the mighty Mississippi," 7 July 2019 Both band members contribute vocals, with Antony’s silky flirtations kissing Cleopatra’s anxious yet hypnotizing coos. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 32 Best Dance Songs of 2019 (So Far): Staff Picks," 27 June 2019 Hailey graces the cover of Vogue Mexico’s September issue, with her left ring finger front and center, effectively hypnotizing the world with that sparkly stunner. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Baldwin Wore Acid Wash Denim on a Date with Justin Bieber," 27 Aug. 2018 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

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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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