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hypnotize

[hip-nuh-tahyz] /ˈhɪp nəˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), hypnotized, hypnotizing.
1.
to put in the hypnotic state.
2.
to influence, control, or direct completely, as by personal charm, words, or domination:
The speaker hypnotized the audience with his powerful personality.
3.
to frighten or startle so that movement is impossible:
The headlights hypnotized the deer and it just stood staring at the oncoming car.
verb (used without object), hypnotized, hypnotizing.
4.
to practice hypnosis; put or be able to put others into a hypnotic state.
Also, especially British, hypnotise.
Origin
1843
1843; see hypnotism, -ize
Related forms
hypnotizable, adjective
hypnotizability, noun
half-hypnotized, adjective
rehypnotize, verb (used with object), rehypnotized, rehypnotizing.
unhypnotizable, adjective
unhypnotize, verb (used with object), unhypnotized, unhypnotizing.
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  • Practice can hypnotise you into using old models and old ways of thinking.
British Dictionary definitions for hypnotise

hypnotize

/ˈhɪpnəˌtaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to induce hypnosis in (a person)
2.
to charm or beguile; fascinate
Derived Forms
hypnotizable, hypnotisable, adjective
hypnotizability, hypnotisability, noun
hypnotization, hypnotisation, noun
hypnotizer, hypnotiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for hypnotise
v.

alternative spelling of hypnotize; for suffix, see -ize. Related: Hypnotised; hypnotising.

hypnotize

v.

1843, see hypnotic + -ize. Related: Hypnotized; hypnotizing.

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hypnotise in Medicine

hypnotize hyp·no·tize (hĭp'nə-tīz')
v. hyp·no·tized, hyp·no·tiz·ing, hyp·no·tiz·es
To put a person into a state of hypnosis.


hyp'no·tiz'a·bil'i·ty n.
hyp'no·tiz'a·ble adj.
hyp'no·ti·za'tion (-tĭ-zā'shən) n.
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