Definitions

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

  • transitive verb To spellbind; enthrall.
  • transitive verb To hypnotize.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To practise mesmerism upon; bring into a mesmeric state; hypnotize. Also spelled mesmerise.

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

  • transitive verb To bring into a state of mesmeric sleep; to hypnotize.
  • transitive verb To produce an intense fascination in; to spellbind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To exercise mesmerism on; to spellbind; to enthrall.

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

  • verb induce hypnosis in
  • verb attract strongly, as if with a magnet

Etymologies

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From mesmerism +‎ -ize.

Examples

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  • Named for Franz Mesmer, early hypnotism researcher.

    November 19, 2009

  • cool

    December 30, 2009

  • For an excellent story about Anton Mesmer, mesmerization, "animal magnetism", and controlled clinical trials (of a sort), see RadioLab's show on placebos, December 2009.

    January 12, 2012