When an amazing toy captivates a child who cannot look away, this is an example of a situation where the toy mesmerizes the child.
transitive verb-·ized·, -·iz·ing
- Archaic hypnotize (sense )
- to hold the attention of; transfix, captivate, fascinate, etc.
transitive verbmes·mer·ized, mes·mer·iz·ing, mes·mer·iz·es
- To spellbind; enthrall: “The dance was subtle … but at the same time it was sensual, and it mesmerized him” ( Robert Rosenberg )
- To hypnotize.
(third-person singular simple present mesmerizes, present participle mesmerizing, simple past and past participle mesmerized)