Definition of hypnotize in English:

hypnotize

(British hypnotise)

verb

[with object]
  • 1Produce a state of hypnosis in (someone)

    ‘a witness had been hypnotized to enhance his memory’
    • ‘On the first anniversary of his death, he hypnotizes his father and visits Billy, with whom he develops a friendship.’
    • ‘His eyes were hypnotizing me, and I couldn't move.’
    • ‘I didn't hypnotize her, she hypnotized herself, I just helped her along.’
    • ‘The sounds of the ocean were hypnotizing her, lulling her into a state where she could no longer think.’
    • ‘It seems like he's hypnotized, I read once that hypnotized people have an internal clock.’
    • ‘Very slowly he would open his eyes, and close them, almost hypnotizing me in the process.’
    • ‘During the past few seconds I had begun hypnotizing her.’
    • ‘Did you know that Armageddon starts by hypnotizing young children with the media?’
    • ‘His orthodontist, Dr. Perry Lyman, hypnotizes him in an attempt to sort out the situation.’
    • ‘‘No, I tried hypnotizing him when I was little, it didn't work,’ hissed Selena.’
    • ‘I think that part of it is, as you said, she hypnotizes you.’
    • ‘What we'll do is Dani will hypnotise you and keep you under while I use my telepathy to get into your mind.’
    • ‘Andera hypnotizes her, instructing her to block from her memory this encounter, and to return to the room in one minute.’
    • ‘Or had the man with a cough, for his own nefarious purposes, mesmerised or hypnotised me, and to some extent succeeded?’
    • ‘I saw the gleam of anxiety in his eyes, which were hypnotizing me.’
    • ‘Without any telepathic powers, Dani could not hypnotise someone that did not wish to be hypnotised, but Carl had opened himself completely to her.’
    • ‘I should mention that I was hypnotized earlier today, and I'm in a mental state altogether new to me.’
    • ‘He sees his therapist, who hypnotises him.’
    • ‘It was as if some dark magic was hypnotizing her to come closer and closer.’
    • ‘Because she's hypnotizing him, he would know later.’
    mesmerize, send into a trance, put under, put out, put to sleep
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    1. 1.1 Capture the whole attention of (someone); fascinate.
      ‘she gazed down, hypnotized by the swirling tide’
      • ‘You click on the TV, and there's a delicious-looking pizza spinning around, hypnotizing you to pick up the phone and order delivery.’
      • ‘Her eyes wandered in the circular motion of the black coffee, the trace amounts of sugar swirling inside of it hypnotizing her.’
      • ‘So, it's the enormous self-indulgence that I must find fascinating, almost hypnotizing.’
      • ‘I shook myself free of Jonas' hypnotizing gaze with a start.’
      • ‘I gulped, and then looked away quickly before the power of Jonas' gaze hypnotized me into a stammering idiot.’
      • ‘The sight of your money often hypnotises salespeople into knocking down the price.’
      • ‘He couldn't move, couldn't take his eyes off the blue cat's eyes staring back at him, hypnotizing him.’
      • ‘And I was transfixed, almost hypnotised by the grotesque scene in front of me.’
      • ‘His eyes were disturbingly intense, their deep cerulean blue hypnotizing me.’
      • ‘And my shoulders are all tensed up, sore, but I'm still listening, because her voice is getting real rhythmic and hypnotizing.’
      • ‘Immediately, Oberon, played by Ty Burrell, had us hypnotized, and we wanted to be his captured queen.’
      • ‘Darkly mesmerising, the film hypnotises us into self-awareness and then snaps its fingers.’
      • ‘I was fascinated by them, hypnotised by them - until you wake up and realise they're nuts.’
      • ‘I saw my own reflection in those warm brown eyes, hypnotizing me and taking me through the journey of the past.’
      • ‘Dana caught his eyes, his gaze transfixed hers, his eyes were black, and hypnotizing.’
      • ‘I stared at the cross and officer's badge hanging from ribbons on the rearview mirror, rather hypnotized the whole way.’
      • ‘I hypnotised myself with the rhythm of my breathing.’
      • ‘Her eyes, an endless ocean of sapphire blue, were windows to her soul, almost hypnotizing him sometimes.’
      • ‘This brief and enigmatic story has a remarkable effect on Bandini, hypnotizing and captivating him.’
      • ‘I was hypnotised by the rhythm of his politeness.’
      fascinate, entrance, beguile, spellbind, hold spellbound, enthral, transfix, be unable to take one's eyes off, captivate, bewitch, enrapture, grip, rivet, absorb, magnetize
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Pronunciation

hypnotize

/ˈhɪpnətʌɪz/