- The definition of mesmerize is to hypnotize or capture and hold the attention of someone.
When an amazing toy captivates a child who cannot look away, this is an example of a situation where the toy mesmerizes the child.
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transitive verb mes·mer·ized, mes·mer·iz·ing, mes·mer·iz·es
- To spellbind; enthrall: “He could mesmerize an audience by the sheer force of his presence” (Justin Kaplan).
- To hypnotize.
- mesˌmer·i·zaˈtion noun
- mesˈmer·izˌer noun