—v.t. 1. to put in the hypnotic state.
2. to influence, control, or direct completely, as by personal charm, words, or domination: The speaker hypnotized the audience with his powerful personality. 3. to frighten or startle so that movement is impossible: The headlights hypnotized the deer and it just stood staring at the oncoming car.
—v.i. to practice hypnosis; put or be able to put others into a hypnotic state. Also,esp. Brit.,hyp'no•tise".