mes·​mer·​ize | \-mə-ˌrīz \
mesmerized; mesmerizing

Definition of mesmerize 

transitive verb

1 : to subject to mesmerism also : hypnotize

2 : spellbind I found myself mesmerized by the grandiosity of it all— Arnold Plotnick The crowd was mesmerized by the acrobats.

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Other Words from mesmerize

mesmerizer noun

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Experts can't agree on whether Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815) was a quack or a genius, but all concede that the late 18th-century physician's name is the source of the word mesmerize. In his day, Mesmer was the toast of Paris, where he enjoyed the support of notables including Queen Marie Antoinette. He treated patients with a force he termed "animal magnetism." Many believe that what he actually used was what we now call "hypnotism." Mesmer's name was first applied to a technique for inducing hypnosis by one of his students in 1784.

Examples of mesmerize in a Sentence

discovered that the children were mesmerized by a television show

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For 15 straight seasons, James has mesmerized and dazzled us with his greatness, playing at a higher level than virtually anyone in history while taking on a ridiculous nightly burden and never getting hurt. Tim Bontemps,, "His legacy assured, LeBron James' move to the Lakers is all about happiness," 2 July 2018 The service dog in-training was mesmerized by the country singer. Katina Beniaris, Country Living, "The Adorable 'Today' Show Puppy Loved This Serenade From Keith Urban," 8 Feb. 2017 My family pulled into Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and was instantly mesmerized by the billboards and flashing marquees promising attractions on every corner. Redbook, "Postcards From the Road: Why I Made My Husband the Bad Cop in Myrtle Beach," 12 July 2011 From chatty Facebook groups to mesmerizing Instagram pages to deeply emotional message boards detailing mourning rituals, myriad online resources exist for women grieving a pregnancy loss. Natalie Lampert, Marie Claire, "Why Women Reeling From Miscarriage Are Turning to the Web," 1 Oct. 2018 That time of the year where we are all mesmerized by or envious of the naked bodies that athletes flaunt in ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body issue. Eduardo Gonzalez,, "Galaxy's Ibrahimovic and Dodgers' Puig will be featured in this year's ESPN The Magazine's Body issue. Here's a sneak peek," 21 June 2018 Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich gifted Benzema a goal in the semifinal, collapsing as though mesmerized by a back pass, and Karius's error of was no better. Jonathan Wilson,, "Real Madrid's Champions League Triumph Defined By Bale's Heroics, Salah's Injury," 26 May 2018 Twitter Facebook − + Zara Arani • 18 hours ago I'm mesmerized by his visual and vocals.. damn! Kinda gave me Abel and Zayn Malik's vibe. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "BTS' V Reveals Haunting New Song 'Singularity' Ahead of 'Love Yourself: Tear' Album Release: Watch," 6 May 2018 The video tutorial has gone totally viral and already has been viewed more than three million times — and inspired an endless stream of confused and mesmerized comments. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Braid Tutorial Video Gets More Than 3 Million Views," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of mesmerize

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of mesmerize

: to hold the attention of (someone) entirely : to interest or amaze (someone) so much that nothing else is seen or noticed


mes·​mer·​ize | \ˈmez-mə-ˌrīz \
mesmerized; mesmerizing

Kids Definition of mesmerize

: to hold the complete attention of : fascinate The children were mesmerized by the fireworks.


transitive verb
variants: or British mesmerise \-​mə-​ˌrīz \
mesmerized or British mesmerised; mesmerizing or British mesmerising

Medical Definition of mesmerize 

: to subject to mesmerism also : hypnotize

Other Words from mesmerize

mesmerization or British mesmerisation \ˌmez-​mə-​ri-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun

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