mesmerize

verb
mes·​mer·​ize | \ ˈmez-mə-ˌrīz How to pronounce mesmerize (audio) also ˈmes-\
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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Last week: 5 Results: Beat Arizona 83-76, lost to Arizona State 98-87 Next up: at Washington (Wednesday) Comment: With Utah’s defense, as with the Pac-12 in general, I am mesmerized by the mess. Utes are No. Jon Wilner, The Seattle Times, "Pac-12 power rankings: As regular season winds down, UW still the clear favorite," 19 Feb. 2019 After two years of the best red carpet couple photos (and plenty of footage of Alex Rodriguez being just as mesmerized by Jennifer Lopez as the rest of us), the couple announced their engagement on Saturday night. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Are Engaged," 10 Mar. 2019 Even at this clip, even with the bumps, the tight tunnel is mesmerizing, almost calming. Smith Henderson, Popular Mechanics, "I Went to the Opening of Elon Musk's First Boring Company Tunnel and Here Is What I Found," 19 Dec. 2018 She was mesmerized by the entire Spring 2019 collection, but one very special piece on the runway pulled at her heartstrings. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Tessa Thompson on Why She Wore Chanel Couture to The Oscars This Year," 26 Feb. 2019 Parents and grandparents were also present, joining in on the crafting action while mesmerized by Pete’s ability to garner excitement across several ages. Gianna Annunzio, chicagotribune.com, "Pete the Cat a big hit with kids at Eisenhower library," 25 June 2018 Escape into the whirlwind romance and be mesmerized by the excitement that surrounds the unlikely pair. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "The Best Christmas Movies to Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 26 Nov. 2018 As a child, I was mesmerized by his positive energy and charisma. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Eric Ripert’s Cooking Journey Began as a Picky Eater," 18 Dec. 2018 This might not have been the first time you've been mesmerized by Leiomy's fierce presence. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dancer Leiomy Maldonado Did the Most Epic Walk at New York Fashion Week," 10 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of mesmerize

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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mesmerize

verb

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

mesmerize

verb
mes·​mer·​ize | \ ˈmez-mə-ˌrīz How to pronounce mesmerize (audio) \
mesmerized; mesmerizing

Kids Definition of mesmerize

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

mesmerize

transitive verb
mes·​mer·​ize
variants: or British mesmerise \ -​mə-​ˌrīz How to pronounce mesmerise (audio) \
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 How to pronounce mesmerisation (audio) \ noun

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