from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To put into a state of hypnosis.
  • transitive verb To fascinate by or as if by hypnosis.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To bring into the condition of hypnotism. Also spelled hypnotise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To induce hypnotism in; to place in a state of hypnotism.

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  • verb To induce somebody into a state of hypnosis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb induce hypnosis in


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  • He didn't know what "hypnotize" meant, but he had seen Robert almost go to sleep on his feet, and he felt a sense of terrible danger from the cool, composed person of the King.

    The Green-Eyed Shwemyethna 2010

  • At seven or eight he saw a vision of God in the clouds; at puberty he masturbated considerably and used to stand before the mirror and "hypnotize" himself.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology 1916

  • Back in 4-H we used to "hypnotize" the chickens when we needed to move them, or crate them - much easier with a sleepy chicken than with a wide-awake, squawky one!

    The Kitchn Faith Durand 2010

  • But Obama insists on appeasing and pacifying thinking he can somehow "hypnotize" them like he does with MSNBC anchors.

    Infidels Are Cool 2009

  • They basically own every politician on the planet (including to some very significant degree, Barack Obama); God knows they own and control the banks of the planet ABSOLUTELY (indeed, banks are their chief weapon against "the masses"); they have all the weapons and police at their beck and call (this is called a Police State); and they have absolute control over nearly all of the media, so they can propagandize and literally "hypnotize" TV addicts to their hearts content.

    Friends help me out here. Can we "wake up" in time to save ourselves from satanic national/international banker elites? 2009

  • They hypnotize us to believe in anything suggested and manipulated by the verbal techniques of persuasion.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God PhD Bradford Keeney 2010

  • As a consequence he could not really hypnotize her" Shirley added, "She Sybil didn't trust him as much.

    Patrick Suraci: Sybil in Her Own Words Patrick Suraci 2011

  • As a consequence he could not really hypnotize her" Shirley added, "She Sybil didn't trust him as much.

    Patrick Suraci: Sybil in Her Own Words Patrick Suraci 2011

  • The Founders could not have imagined how technology and mass media could hypnotize a free people, and how the imperative to buy as much of that juju as you can would throw the whole system they created out of whack.

    Marty Kaplan: Occupy K Street Marty Kaplan 2011

  • Sometimes he'd hypnotize the dogs with a twirl of his hand, and snap his fingers.

    Going to the Dogs, in Style Anne Kadet 2011


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  • "Why don't you ask the kids at Tiananmen Square?

    Was fashion the reason why they were there?

    They disguise it, hypnotize it

    Television made you buy it"

    January 10, 2007