verb (used with object), mes·mer·ized, mes·mer·iz·ing.

  1. to hypnotize.
  2. to spellbind; fascinate.
  3. to compel by fascination.

verb (tr)

  1. a former word for hypnotize
  2. 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.

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