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 magnetize (audio) \ adjective
magnetizer noun

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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 Inadvertently magnetizing your watch is easy: Placing it on top of your phone on a nightstand can do it, or simply having your wrist too close to someone whose purse has a particularly strong magnet clasp. Rachel Felder, New York Times, "What to Do if Your Watch Is Magnetized," 1 May 2020 On the largest moving rig this show has ever had, inspired by F9, and played in pairs, teams will be tethered together on a moving truck and retrieve puzzle pieces magnetized on the walls. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "The Challenge: Total Madness recap: Relationships implode on and off the show," 7 May 2020 John wasn’t much at coming up with new melodies, but the words were magnetizing. Robert Hilburn, Los Angeles Times, "The 10 best John Prine songs," 7 Apr. 2020 Registering the artifice in Hopper’s limpid art may free us to see a link between hotel rooms and painting itself: Both magnetize desire and a longing to escape. Washington Post, "This Edward Hopper exhibition on hotels is worth an extended stay," 28 Nov. 2019 By transforming an old theater into a disco, the two men also recast the nightscape of the city, creating a club that magnetized the famous and the merely fabulous equally. New York Times, "As Studio 54 Boogies to Brooklyn, Its Denizens Look Back in Wonder," 12 Mar. 2020 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

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First Known Use of magnetize

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of magnetize

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


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

Kids Definition of magnetize

: to cause to be magnetic


transitive verb
variants: also British magnetise \ ˈmag-​nə-​ˌtīz How to pronounce magnetize (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 magnetize (audio) \ adjective

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