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
HE was a spellbinding storyteller, a figure of mesmerizing charm.
It was a mesmerizing show, featuring an endless variety of life forms.
He is mesmerizing an audience of parents and students as he rails against the
  evils of drugs and alcohol.
Others were on the move, specks of light streaming ceaselessly toward us as
  mesmerizing as a computer screen saver.
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