hypnotize

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verb hyp·no·tize \ ˈhip-nə-ˌtīz \

Definition of hypnotize

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

play \ˌhip-nə-ˌtī-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

hypnotizable

play \ˈhip-nə-ˌtī-zə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of hypnotize in a Sentence

  1. The therapist hypnotized him and asked him questions about his traumatic experiences in the war.

  2. He can hypnotize people with his stare.

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First Known Use of hypnotize

1843


HYPNOTIZE Defined for English Language Learners

hypnotize

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Definition of hypnotize for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

hypnotize

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verb hyp·no·tize \ ˈhip-nə-ˌtīz \

Definition of hypnotize for Students

hypnotized; hypnotizing
:to affect by or as if by hypnotism
  • Her beautiful voice hypnotized the audience.

Medical Dictionary

hypnotize

transitive verb hyp·no·tize
variants: also British hypnotise play \-ˌtīz\

medical Definition of hypnotize

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

also British hypnotisability play \ˌhip-nə-ˌtī-zə-ˈbil-ət-ē\ noun plural hypnoties

hypnotizable

also British hypnotisable play \ˈhip-nə-ˌtī-zə-bəl\ adjective


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