Definition of mesmerize in English:


(also mesmerise)


  • 1 Capture the complete attention of (someone); transfix.

    ‘they were mesmerized by his story’
    ‘a mesmerizing stare’
    • ‘It creaked as it made its kaleidoscope rounds and mesmerized me with the transitions from blue, to green, to red, and so on.’
    • ‘I was mesmerized by the sound of its voice. He spoke in cursive writing, his words all flourish and curly letters.’
    • ‘I was mesmerized by the tale of the town without a name, his family, and the doings of the neighbors.’
    • ‘It glowed an eerie blue, which could mesmerize anyone.’
    • ‘I was mesmerized by Camara's and the lead female dancer's awesome dance moves, as well as by their colourful costumes.’
    • ‘No matter how many times I've stood here and stared at the setting, it still mesmerized me every time.’
    • ‘They had deep sea blue eyes that mesmerized most men they came across.’
    • ‘She brings a romantic and mystifying element to each role that mesmerizes me.’
    • ‘Wearing a dazzling blue jacket and white silk shirt, he mesmerised the fans on Sunday night.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The television footage of resistance fighters aired on Lebanese broadcasting stations mesmerized her.’
    • ‘The evening ended with an amazing five-minute firework display, which entranced and mesmerised the huge crowd.’
    • ‘I always feel vaguely cheated because lightning mesmerizes me and I watch it avidly when the opportunity arises.’
    • ‘As he lifted up his hood, his aqua blue eyes immediately mesmerized me.’
    • ‘I felt the panic of his watchful father, but I was mesmerized by his youthful passion.’
    • ‘He thought about this for a moment as he stared mesmerized by Maria's eyes, seeing the secrets she had locked behind them.’
    • ‘Reading, listening, even thinking, I was mesmerized by the sounds and the movement of words.’
    • ‘The Storytime panel shows a seanchaí mesmerising children with stories of the past.’
    • ‘She was approaching a hill when she became mesmerized by the stars and wasn't paying attention to where she was going.’
    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
      get under someone's skin
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