Pronunciation: (hip'nu-tīz"), [key]
—v., -tized, -tiz•ing.
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.
to practice hypnosis; put or be able to put others into a hypnotic state. Also, esp. Brit.,hyp'no•tise".
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