Definition of mesmerize in English:



  • 1 Hold the attention of (someone) to the exclusion of all else or so as to transfix them.

    ‘she was mesmerized by the blue eyes that stared so intently into her own’
    ‘a mesmerizing stare’
    • ‘I felt the panic of his watchful father, but I was mesmerized by his youthful passion.’
    • ‘They had deep sea blue eyes that mesmerized most men they came across.’
    • ‘The Storytime panel shows a seanchaí mesmerising children with stories of the past.’
    • ‘The television footage of resistance fighters aired on Lebanese broadcasting stations mesmerized her.’
    • ‘Reading, listening, even thinking, I was mesmerized by the sounds and the movement of words.’
    • ‘The evening ended with an amazing five-minute firework display, which entranced and mesmerised the huge crowd.’
    • ‘It glowed an eerie blue, which could mesmerize anyone.’
    • ‘His eyes reflected the light as he stared at the object; he seemed almost mesmerized by the crystal.’
    • ‘She brings a romantic and mystifying element to each role that mesmerizes me.’
    • ‘Regrettably, it seems to have mesmerized my daughter, who responds with a mixture of fascination and horror.’
    • ‘She was approaching a hill when she became mesmerized by the stars and wasn't paying attention to where she was going.’
    • ‘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 was mesmerized by Camara's and the lead female dancer's awesome dance moves, as well as by their colourful costumes.’
    • ‘He thought about this for a moment as he stared mesmerized by Maria's eyes, seeing the secrets she had locked behind them.’
    • ‘Wearing a dazzling blue jacket and white silk shirt, he mesmerised the fans on Sunday night.’
    • ‘It creaked as it made its kaleidoscope rounds and mesmerized me with the transitions from blue, to green, to red, and so on.’
    • ‘No matter how many times I've stood here and stared at the setting, it still mesmerized me every time.’
    • ‘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.’
    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)
      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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