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[mez-muh-rahyz, mes-] /ˈmɛz məˌraɪz, ˈmɛs-/
verb (used with object), mesmerized, mesmerizing.
to hypnotize.
to spellbind; fascinate.
to compel by fascination.
Also, especially British, mesmerise.
1820-30; mesmer(ism) + -ize
Related forms
mesmerization, noun
mesmerizer, noun
unmesmerized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mesmerized
  • But it was on the return trip that they really mesmerized everyone in sight.
  • mesmerized by such descriptions the scientists have tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to find the haunts of the elusive creature.
  • Otherwise, she'd have chosen more wisely what to criticize before her mesmerized audiences.
  • All of them are mesmerized by this bewildering signal-now mostly buzzing, once again.
  • They listened with their eyes wide and their little mouths open, completely mesmerized.
  • Bathing beauties covered in only rose petals sit center stage, while newbies stand mesmerized.
  • The game is a blast as it is, but with the goggles on, all the spinning hunks of asteroid and blazing lasers kept me mesmerized.
  • She remembered being mesmerized when she read them years before, and bought the entire set for me, for my birthday.
  • However, what is often overlooked by those mesmerized by military hardware is the importance of experience and ingenuity.
  • Urban geometric wonders of light and shadow have long mesmerized photographers.
British Dictionary definitions for mesmerized


verb (transitive)
a former word for hypnotize
to hold (someone) as if spellbound
Derived Forms
mesmerization, mesmerisation, noun
mesmerizer, mesmeriser, noun
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Word Origin and History for mesmerized



1829, back-formation from mesmerism. Transferred sense of "enthrall" is first attested 1862. Related: Mesmerized; mesmerizing.

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