mesmerize

verb
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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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 As someone who has struggled with flakes for over two decades, I was mesmerized. Jessica Cruel, Teen Vogue, "Dandruff Scraping Videos Might Be the New Pimple Popping Videos," 23 July 2018 When agricultural Europeans began visiting and writing about the North in the 10th century, they were mesmerized by Aboriginal peoples’ relationships with whales. Krista Langlois, Smithsonian, "Why Scientists Are Starting to Care About Cultures Who Talk to Whales," 6 Apr. 2018 But because static noise is unpredictable, the result is that any AI agent confronted with such a TV (or a similarly unpredictable stimulus) becomes mesmerized. James Vincent, The Verge, "How teaching AI to be curious helps machines learn for themselves," 1 Nov. 2018 Neither did we until the internet became mesmerized by a simple aerial view of surface work in the Outback. Katina Beniaris, Country Living, "We Can't Stop Watching This Viral Video of a Road Being Paved," 13 Jan. 2017 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, chicagotribune.com, "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

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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 \
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 \
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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