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

Synonyms for magnetize


allure, beguile, bewitch, captivate, charm, enchant, fascinate, kill, wile, witch [archaic]

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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

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Willett and his colleagues deposited a circuit onto the surface of a gallium arsenide crystal, cooled and magnetized it to induce the 5/2 state, and then measured the peaks and troughs in the current flowing through the circuit. Quanta Magazine, "Forging a Qubit to Rule Them All," 15 May 2014 Her platform did, however, magnetize Gabriela Alemán, a San Francisco–born and –raised Nicaraguan and Salvadoran artist and organizer, and the co-president of Latin@ Young Democrats of San Francisco. Jackie Fielder, Teen Vogue, "Gabriela López Just Became the Youngest Elected Official in San Francisco," 11 Jan. 2019 Tension and release are the elastic poles that magnetize classical music. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "New York’s New Maestro," 1 Oct. 2018 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

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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 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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