You meet someone and you can’t take your eyes off them, like you are connected by an invisible cord and can’t break free. Those kinds of people have the power to mesmerize, holding your attention like you’re under hypnosis.

The word mesmerize comes from the last name of 18th century German physician Franz Mesmer, who believed that all people and objects are pulled together by a strong magnetic force, later called mesmerism. If you ever start to feel mesmerized, maybe it’s because you find someone fascinating, or maybe you’ve been hypnotized by a magician. Hard to tell from here.

Primary Meanings of mesmerize

attract strongly, as if with a magnet
induce hypnosis in
Full Definitions of mesmerize

v attract strongly, as if with a magnet

bewitch, magnetise, magnetize, mesmerise, spellbind
Type of:
charm, influence, tempt
induce into action by using one's charm

v induce hypnosis in

hypnotise, hypnotize, mesmerise
entrance, spellbind
put into a trance
Type of:
calm, sedate, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize
cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to

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