mag·ne·tize | \ˈmag-nə-ˌtīz \
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 \-ˌtī-zə-bəl \ 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

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Think of a time when you’ve been filled up from the inside out and just magnetized an object of desire. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes April 30–May 6," 27 Apr. 2018 By exploiting the properties of this thread, the researchers were able to magnetize small sections of fabric. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Soon You Could Unlock Your Phone With Your Clothes," 3 Nov. 2017 Tolbert is a 6-foot-1, 225-pound Bowie State commit whose Hudl highlight reel showed a player that was omnipresent on the field, magnetized to offensive players and often at the center of a busted play. Katherine Fominykh,, "Maryland football all-stars set to take on Pennsylvanian rivals in Saturday's Big 33 Classic," 15 June 2018 Miranda, in the film version, is an ethereal blonde who waltzes into the wilderness as her acolytes follow, magnetized by her hazy aura. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Picnic at Hanging Rock," 22 May 2018 And at the top of the QB list, while every other name on the massive board was horizontally magnetized, four vertical QB nametags were at the top. Peter King,, "2018 Draft: Magnets, Mayfield and the Browns’ Big Secret," 30 Apr. 2018 Equally keen not to be eclipsed, Hublot is at the precipice of unveiling a Big Bang crafted of the same lodestone owned and used by 6BC philosopher Thales of Miletus and which has been magnetized by the forcefield surrounding Zeus’s lightning bolts. Wei Koh, A-LIST, "How the Watch Industry Plundered the Periodic Table," 3 Apr. 2018 In addition to plain ol’ good looks, Sheridan has two things you just can’t learn as an actor: the kind of energy the camera seeks out, and eyes that magnetize it. Rebecca Haithcoat, GQ, "You Could Use a Style Upgrade," 28 Mar. 2018 The windings are magnetized by the charge and push against the stationary ring of magnets that surround it, forcing the armature assembly to spin. Doug Mahoney, Popular Mechanics, "What's So Great About Brushless Motor Power Tools?," 12 Jan. 2018

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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 \
magnetized; magnetizing

Kids Definition of magnetize

: to cause to be magnetic


transitive verb
variants: also British magnetise \ˈmag-nə-ˌtīz \
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 \ adjective

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