from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To spellbind; enthrall: "He could mesmerize an audience by the sheer force of his presence” ( Justin Kaplan).
- transitive v. To hypnotize.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To exercise mesmerism on; to spellbind; to enthrall.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To bring into a state of mesmeric sleep; to hypnotize.
- transitive v. To produce an intense fascination in; to spellbind.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To practise mesmerism upon; bring into a mesmeric state; hypnotize. Also spelled mesmerise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. induce hypnosis in
- v. attract strongly, as if with a magnet
Or that the word mesmerize comes from the German hypnotist Franz Anton Mesmer?
All the employees, right down to the cook, have been taught to 'mesmerize' patients to the point where they are in a state of complete anesthesia.
The latter ray also allows Ultron to mesmerize and outright mind-control his victims, or implant subliminal hypnotic commands within their minds to be enacted at a later time.
So it's only natural that the Republicans are looking high and low for a leader to bring them back, and right now, they'll take anybody, including a radio talk-show host with enough lung power to mesmerize the masses and enough ego to think that he could actually wrestle the spotlight away from a very popular president.
These poor kids are … learning from each other that their worth (in the eyes of the opposite sex) is found solely in the skin they expose and how they physically mesmerize the other.
ESPN's famous hype can't always mesmerize — recall the fates of Cold Pizza, Arena Football, Stephen A. Smith and ESPNHollywood — but it can always pound away.
"The perfidy and mendacity that follow mesmerize as much as they ring true."
But as the controversy continues to mesmerize and roil the cyber miasma, I have come to another conclusion that I believe is worth tossing into the cauldron apologies for mixing my metaphors.
Not only is she an Arab-American, but she could mesmerize the Israelis and Arabs into a peace deal. nbt Says:
Ahab hammers it in during the movie's most magnificent scene, in which the captain makes his personal mission known with Shakespearean prose and a Svengaliesque passion that mesmerize the crew.