Definition of mesmerize in English:

mesmerize

(also mesmerise)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Capture the complete attention of (someone); transfix.

    ‘they were mesmerized by his story’
    ‘a mesmerizing stare’
    • ‘I always feel vaguely cheated because lightning mesmerizes me and I watch it avidly when the opportunity arises.’
    • ‘I was mesmerized by the sound of its voice. He spoke in cursive writing, his words all flourish and curly letters.’
    • ‘Reading, listening, even thinking, I was mesmerized by the sounds and the movement of words.’
    • ‘It glowed an eerie blue, which could mesmerize anyone.’
    • ‘The television footage of resistance fighters aired on Lebanese broadcasting stations mesmerized her.’
    • ‘As he lifted up his hood, his aqua blue eyes immediately mesmerized me.’
    • ‘It creaked as it made its kaleidoscope rounds and mesmerized me with the transitions from blue, to green, to red, and so on.’
    • ‘His eyes reflected the light as he stared at the object; he seemed almost mesmerized by the crystal.’
    • ‘Regrettably, it seems to have mesmerized my daughter, who responds with a mixture of fascination and horror.’
    • ‘They had deep sea blue eyes that mesmerized most men they came across.’
    • ‘She was approaching a hill when she became mesmerized by the stars and wasn't paying attention to where she was going.’
    • ‘She brings a romantic and mystifying element to each role that mesmerizes me.’
    • ‘I felt the panic of his watchful father, but I was mesmerized by his youthful passion.’
    • ‘No matter how many times I've stood here and stared at the setting, it still mesmerized me every time.’
    • ‘The evening ended with an amazing five-minute firework display, which entranced and mesmerised the huge crowd.’
    • ‘He thought about this for a moment as he stared mesmerized by Maria's eyes, seeing the secrets she had locked behind them.’
    • ‘The Storytime panel shows a seanchaí mesmerising children with stories of the past.’
    • ‘Wearing a dazzling blue jacket and white silk shirt, he mesmerised the fans on Sunday night.’
    • ‘I was mesmerized by the tale of the town without a name, his family, and the doings of the neighbors.’
    • ‘I was mesmerized by Camara's and the lead female dancer's awesome dance moves, as well as by their colourful costumes.’
    enchant, bewitch, beguile, enrapture, captivate, capture, hypnotize, spellbind, hold spellbound, send into raptures, send into transports
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    1. 1.1archaic Hypnotize (someone)
      ‘he was mesmerized when at the point of death’
      enthral, spellbind, entrance, hold spellbound, dazzle, bewitch, charm, captivate, enrapture, enchant, fascinate, transfix, transport, grip, magnetize, hypnotize
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Pronunciation

mesmerize

/ˈmɛzmərʌɪz/