mesmerize

[mez-muh-rahyz, mes-]
verb (used with object), mesmerized, mesmerizing.
1.
to hypnotize.
2.
to spellbind; fascinate.
3.
to compel by fascination.
Also, especially British, mesmerise.


Origin:
1820–30; mesmer(ism) + -ize

mesmerization, noun
mesmerizer, noun
unmesmerized, adjective
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mesmerize or mesmerise (ˈmɛzməˌraɪz)
 
vb
1.  a former word for hypnotize
2.  to hold (someone) as if spellbound
 
mesmerise or mesmerise
 
vb
 
mesmeri'zation or mesmerise
 
n
 
mesmeri'sation or mesmerise
 
n
 
'mesmerizer or mesmerise
 
n
 
'mesmeriser or mesmerise
 
n

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mesmerize
1829, back formation from mesmerism. Transferred sense of "enthrall" is first attested 1862. Related: Mesmerized; mesmerizing.
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Example sentences
Sure, a simple sandbox and climbing gym are enough to mesmerize toddlers.
The images are beautiful enough, to mesmerize any who view them.
Every now and then, some nonhuman freak comes along to mesmerize movie
  audiences.
Better as an intro to zesty color combos than to red, yellow and blue, but
  certain to mesmerize all ages.
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