Definition of hypnotize in English:

hypnotize

(also hypnotise)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Produce a state of hypnosis in (someone):

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