trances; tranced; trancing

If your eyes are open but you're not fully awake and in control, you may be in trance. Someone might have hypnotized you, or just a glimpse of your latest heartthrob might send you into a trance.

Trances don’t have to be magic or mysterious — when you avoid facing your problems head-on, you’re creating your own trance. President Obama once said, speaking of America's decades-long dependence on foreign oil, "We cannot keep going from shock when prices go up, to trance when they go back down." He meant that when prices rise, we all complain, but when they fall, we forget we ever had a problem and refuse to change a thing.

Definitions of trance
  1. noun
    a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation
    synonyms: enchantment, spell
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    being controlled by passion or the supernatural
    captivation, fascination
    the state of being intensely interested (as by awe or terror)
    type of:
    mental condition, mental state, psychological condition, psychological state
    (psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic
  2. noun
    a state of mind in which consciousness is fragile and voluntary action is poor or missing; a state resembling deep sleep
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    hypnotic trance
    a trance induced by the use of hypnosis; the person accepts the suggestions of the hypnotist
    ecstatic state, religious trance
    a trance induced by intense religious devotion; does not show reduced bodily functions that are typical of other trances
    type of:
    a state lacking normal awareness of the self or environment
  3. verb
    attract; cause to be enamored
    synonyms: becharm, beguile, bewitch, captivate, capture, catch, charm, enamor, enamour, enchant, entrance, fascinate
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    hold the attention of
    gratify and charm, usually in order to influence
    type of:
    appeal, attract
    be attractive to
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