Definition of hypnotize in US English:

hypnotize

verb

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

    ‘a witness had been hypnotized to enhance his memory’
    • ‘I think that part of it is, as you said, she hypnotizes you.’
    • ‘His eyes were hypnotizing me, and I couldn't move.’
    • ‘Or had the man with a cough, for his own nefarious purposes, mesmerised or hypnotised me, and to some extent succeeded?’
    • ‘On the first anniversary of his death, he hypnotizes his father and visits Billy, with whom he develops a friendship.’
    • ‘‘No, I tried hypnotizing him when I was little, it didn't work,’ hissed Selena.’
    • ‘Without any telepathic powers, Dani could not hypnotise someone that did not wish to be hypnotised, but Carl had opened himself completely to her.’
    • ‘Andera hypnotizes her, instructing her to block from her memory this encounter, and to return to the room in one minute.’
    • ‘The sounds of the ocean were hypnotizing her, lulling her into a state where she could no longer think.’
    • ‘During the past few seconds I had begun hypnotizing her.’
    • ‘Very slowly he would open his eyes, and close them, almost hypnotizing me in the process.’
    • ‘His orthodontist, Dr. Perry Lyman, hypnotizes him in an attempt to sort out the situation.’
    • ‘It was as if some dark magic was hypnotizing her to come closer and closer.’
    • ‘Did you know that Armageddon starts by hypnotizing young children with the media?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Because she's hypnotizing him, he would know later.’
    • ‘He sees his therapist, who hypnotises him.’
    • ‘I saw the gleam of anxiety in his eyes, which were hypnotizing me.’
    • ‘What we'll do is Dani will hypnotise you and keep you under while I use my telepathy to get into your mind.’
    • ‘I didn't hypnotize her, she hypnotized herself, I just helped her along.’
    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.
      ‘hypnotized by the rain, Eric stared across the street’
      • ‘His eyes were disturbingly intense, their deep cerulean blue hypnotizing me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I hypnotised myself with the rhythm of my breathing.’
      • ‘I shook myself free of Jonas' hypnotizing gaze with a start.’
      • ‘He couldn't move, couldn't take his eyes off the blue cat's eyes staring back at him, hypnotizing him.’
      • ‘I saw my own reflection in those warm brown eyes, hypnotizing me and taking me through the journey of the past.’
      • ‘I was fascinated by them, hypnotised by them - until you wake up and realise they're nuts.’
      • ‘Her eyes wandered in the circular motion of the black coffee, the trace amounts of sugar swirling inside of it hypnotizing her.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And I was transfixed, almost hypnotised by the grotesque scene in front of me.’
      • ‘So, it's the enormous self-indulgence that I must find fascinating, almost hypnotizing.’
      • ‘And my shoulders are all tensed up, sore, but I'm still listening, because her voice is getting real rhythmic and hypnotizing.’
      • ‘This brief and enigmatic story has a remarkable effect on Bandini, hypnotizing and captivating him.’
      • ‘Dana caught his eyes, his gaze transfixed hers, his eyes were black, and hypnotizing.’
      • ‘Immediately, Oberon, played by Ty Burrell, had us hypnotized, and we wanted to be his captured queen.’
      • ‘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 was hypnotised by the rhythm of his politeness.’
      • ‘I stared at the cross and officer's badge hanging from ribbons on the rearview mirror, rather hypnotized the whole way.’
      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

/ˈhipnəˌtīz//ˈhɪpnəˌtaɪz/