magnetize

[mag-ni-tahyz]
verb (used with object), magnetized, magnetizing.
1.
to make a magnet of or impart the properties of a magnet to.
2.
to exert an attracting or compelling influence upon: The evangelist's oratory magnetized his listeners.
3.
Archaic. to mesmerize.
Also, especially British, magnetise.


Origin:
1775–85; magnet + -ize

magnetizer, noun
nonmagnetized, adjective
remagnetize, verb (used with object), remagnetized, remagnetizing.
unmagnetized, adjective
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magnetize or magnetise (ˈmæɡnɪˌtaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to make (a substance or object) magnetic
2.  to attract strongly
3.  an obsolete word for mesmerize
 
magnetise or magnetise
 
vb
 
magnet'izable or magnetise
 
adj
 
magnet'isable or magnetise
 
adj
 
magneti'zation or magnetise
 
n
 
magneti'sation or magnetise
 
n
 
'magnetizer or magnetise
 
n
 
'magnetiser or magnetise
 
n

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magnetize
1801, from magnet + -ize.
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magnetize   (māg'nĭ-tīz')  Pronunciation Key 
To cause an object to become temporarily or permanently magnetic. For example, an unmagnetized object made of ferromagnetic material consists of molecules that are magnetic but randomly aligned, producing no net magnetic field; exposure to a magnetic field causes the molecules to align themselves with the field, producing their own net field, so that the object as a whole becomes magnetized.
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Example sentences
If you want to completely demagnetize something, you usually have to completely magnetize it first, and then take it back to zero.
Powerful magnets magnetize the pipe wall to saturation.
His personal influence has been able to magnetize a half-dying body into new and active life.
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