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Definition to completely hold someone's entire attention

or more rarely:  to hypnotize
  • Walked into the room and stared at the wall, mesmerized.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan's Daughters
  • Jean Louise was mesmerized.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Mesmerized by the come and go, the sad drift and flow of lives in painful transition, I sat, waiting for an ending.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • Garvey's dance seemed to mesmerize Peter, who watched closely, following every movement.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Dee's fingers moved in the water, the ripples languid and mesmerizing.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • She paused, mesmerized by the churning and rolling of the water, and when she finally turned her head, she realized his image had left her as well.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • 'Yes, Fairy, told us what?' echoed Juliet belligerently, still a bit miffed over the mesmerizing.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • I watched his hands working, mesmerized.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Sophia turned to study his face, mesmerized by the reflection of firelight in his eyes.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Levin sat listening to the doctor's stories of a quack mesmerizer and looking at the ashes of his cigarette.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • It called her speech "mesmerizing, hypnotic, mysteriously touching."
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • The scene was utterly mesmerizing, alarming even to him.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • They were mesmerizing in an odd, unpleasant way.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • Hades had the same intense eyes, the same kind of mesmerizing, evil charisma.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Julian, beside her, had caught sight of his father; he seemed mesmerized, as if by a snake.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • The Augur doesn't break eye contact, seemingly mesmerized by my anger.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • I'm mesmerized by my byline.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • He held it in front of her, but like one mesmerized, she did not move.
    Flannery O'Connor  --  A Good Man is Hard to Find AND OTHER STORIES
  • She stood mesmerized, watching one of her mother's cells divide in two, just as they'd done when Henrietta was an embryo in her mother's womb.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Lourdes is mesmerized by the greenish water, by the sad, sputtering fountain, and a wound inside her reopens.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban

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