magnetize

verb
mag·​ne·​tize | \ ˈmag-nə-ˌtīz How to pronounce magnetize (audio) \
magnetized; magnetizing

Definition of magnetize

transitive verb

1 : to induce magnetic properties in
2 : to attract like a magnet : charm

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Other Words from magnetize

magnetizable \ ˈmag-​nə-​ˌtī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce magnetizable (audio) \ adjective
magnetizer noun

Examples of magnetize in a Sentence

Her performance magnetized the audience. the store's gorgeous window displays never fail to magnetize shoppers and sightseers
Recent Examples on the Web Early iron compass needles were magnetized by lodestone, or magnetized magnetite minerals, pulled from the Earth. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "How Do Magnets Work?," 7 Dec. 2019 France's Minister of Culture Franck Riester tweeted that Karina, who starred in many of Jean Luc Godard’s 1960s films, radiated on screen and that her work magnetized the world. NBC News, "French New Wave cinema actress Anna Karina dies at 79," 15 Dec. 2019 The eyes are quickly magnetized by dense blue sapphire waves wallpapered high, and Thunberg—arms crossed, eyes alight—is peeking from backstage. Jason Parham, Wired, "Depth of Field: Greta Thunberg Takes on the World," 13 Dec. 2019 Lapid, his camera magnetized by the human body whether in motion or at rest, confronts you with Yoav’s nakedness early and often. Justin Chang, chicagotribune.com, "‘Synonyms’ at Gene Siskel Film Center: When in France, do as the Israeli commandos-turned-nude Parisian models do," 5 Dec. 2019 Stupefyingly hot and occasionally ultra-violent, this churning shroud of magnetized, million-degree plasma is a region that no spacecraft has dared explore—until now. National Geographic, "The sun keeps getting stranger, dive-bombing solar probe shows," 4 Dec. 2019 Lara is a remarkable young actress, with a gaze that magnetizes even the camera’s easily distracted attention. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: A grim fairy tale, ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’ peers at war through a child’s eyes," 12 Sep. 2019 Lara is a remarkable young actress, with a gaze that magnetizes even the camera’s easily distracted attention. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: A grim fairy tale, ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’ peers at war through a child’s eyes," 12 Sep. 2019 Lara is a remarkable young actress, with a gaze that magnetizes even the camera’s easily distracted attention. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: A grim fairy tale, ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’ peers at war through a child’s eyes," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of magnetize

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jan 2020

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“Magnetize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/magnetize. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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More Definitions for magnetize

magnetize

verb
How to pronounce magnetize (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of magnetize

: to cause (something) to become magnetic
: to attract and hold the interest of (someone)

magnetize

verb
mag·​ne·​tize | \ ˈmag-nə-ˌtīz How to pronounce magnetize (audio) \
magnetized; magnetizing

Kids Definition of magnetize

: to cause to be magnetic

magnetize

transitive verb
mag·​ne·​tize
variants: also British magnetise \ ˈmag-​nə-​ˌtīz How to pronounce magnetise (audio) \
magnetized also British magnetised; magnetizing also British magnetising

Medical Definition of magnetize

: to induce magnetic properties in

Other Words from magnetize

magnetizable also British magnetisable \ -​ˌtī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce magnetisable (audio) \ adjective

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