Meaning of hypnotize

hyp•no•tize

Pronunciation: (hip'nu-tīz"), [key]
— v., -tized, -tiz•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to put in the hypnotic state.
  2. to influence, control, or direct completely, as by personal charm, words, or domination: The speaker hypnotized the audience with his powerful personality.
  3. to frighten or startle so that movement is impossible: The headlights hypnotized the deer and it just stood staring at the oncoming car.
—v.i.
  1. to practice hypnosis; put or be able to put others into a hypnotic state.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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