Share this entry

hypnotize Syllabification: hyp·no·tize
Pronunciation: /ˈhipnəˌtīz/

Definition of hypnotize in English:

verb

[with object]
1Produce a state of hypnosis in (someone): a witness had been hypnotized to enhance his memory
More example sentences
  • I didn't hypnotize her, she hypnotized herself, I just helped her along.
  • Without any telepathic powers, Dani could not hypnotise someone that did not wish to be hypnotised, but Carl had opened himself completely to her.
  • He sees his therapist, who hypnotises him.
Synonyms
mesmerize, put into a trance
1.1Capture the whole attention of (someone); fascinate: hypnotized by the rain, Eric stared across the street
More example sentences
  • I was hypnotised by the rhythm of his politeness.
  • Her eyes wandered in the circular motion of the black coffee, the trace amounts of sugar swirling inside of it hypnotizing her.
  • I gulped, and then looked away quickly before the power of Jonas' gaze hypnotized me into a stammering idiot.
Synonyms

Derivatives

hypnotizable

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌtīzəbəl/ /ˌhipnəˈtīzəbəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Quite simply, the hypnotizable survived at a higher rate, thanks to ritual healing, than the non-hypnotizable, and religion was born.
  • I am extremely hypnotizable - nearly a 13 on a scale of 1 to 10.
  • Seven healthy, highly hypnotizable volunteers participated in three one-day sessions, a baseline and two intervention sessions.

Definition of hypnotize in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day fortissimo
Pronunciation: fôrˈtisəˌmō
adverb
(especially as a direction) very loud or loudly