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Examples of mesmerize in a Sentence
discovered that the children were mesmerized by a television show
Recent Examples of mesmerize from the Web
Art aficionados: Allow yourself to be mesmerized by the intricate designs of Portuguese Azulejo, the artisanal tilework that adorns many Portuguese buildings and walls.
In one iconic black-and-white image, photographer Ted Croner captures a young girl mid-dessert, mesmerized and mustachioed in vanilla.
But Schwarber is not Roy Hobbs, not Babe Ruth, not David Ortiz, not any of the larger-than-life comparisons mesmerized fans and media made after watching Schwarber connect with a fastball.
Her 5-year-old daughter, also named Comikia, stood at the edge of the basketball court at the SportsZone mesmerized by the group's performance.
In the summer of 1926, Wrigley, like millions worldwide, had been mesmerized by Gertrude Ederle's attempt to become the first woman to swim across the English Channel.
While many are entertaining, few have the power to truly mesmerize.
Nicole and Marcus Browning, of Gary, were mesmerized by Elise Fryxell's Upcycled Art booth.
Every attendee slipped into a trance, mesmerized by the events that had unfolded on the hardwood on the other side of the country.
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Did You Know?
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.
First Known Use of mesmerize
MESMERIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mesmerize for English Language Learners
: to hold the attention of (someone) entirely : to interest or amaze (someone) so much that nothing else is seen or noticed
MESMERIZE Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of mesmerize
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