verb (used with object), mes·mer·ized, mes·mer·iz·ing.
- to hypnotize.
- to spellbind; fascinate.
- to compel by fascination.
- a former word for hypnotize
- to hold (someone) as if spellbound
v.chiefly British English spelling of mesmerize (v.); for suffix, see -ize. Related: Mesmerised; mesmerising. v.1829, back-formation from mesmerism. Transferred sense of “enthrall” is first attested 1862. Related: Mesmerized; mesmerizing.