daz·​zle | \ ˈda-zəl How to pronounce dazzle (audio) \
dazzled; dazzling\ ˈdaz-​liŋ How to pronounce dazzle (audio) , ˈda-​zə-​liŋ \

Definition of dazzle

intransitive verb

1 : to lose clear vision especially from looking at bright light
2a : to shine brilliantly … the woods dazzled whitely …— Truman Capote
b : to arouse admiration by an impressive display She dazzles in her live concerts.

transitive verb

1 : to overpower with light was dazzled by the camera flash
2 : to impress deeply, overpower, or confound with brilliance dazzled us with her wit

Other Words from dazzle

dazzle noun
dazzler \ ˈda-​z(ə-​)lər How to pronounce dazzle (audio) \ noun

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Examples of dazzle in a Sentence

Elvis always dazzled his audiences. Visitors were dazzled by the mansion's ornate rooms. She truly dazzles in her live concerts.
Recent Examples on the Web This completely natural event is actually named after a manmade tradition that started back in 1872, when the owners of the Glacier Point Hotel threw a bonfire off the edge of the waterfall to dazzle onlookers. Kathleen Rellihan, Outside Online, 14 May 2022 These moments are always a time for the host companies to dazzle advertisers, the better to pry away their marketing-budget dollars. Abram Brown, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Illuminated from behind by an electric light, the painting predicted both the sofa-sized luminism of Thomas Kinkade and the big-screen visual effects that still dazzle audiences today. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 Up the ante at the five-star Sani Resort, where eco-guide Giorgos Andreou can dazzle you with group or private programs, including birdwatching, beekeeping, a wetlands walking tour, a forest stroll, and an olive grove excursion. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Travel + Leisure, 7 May 2022 The inaugural Miami Grand Prix is here and ready to dazzle a United States audience that has at last caught wind of the glamorous, globetrotting series. Jenna Fryer, Sun Sentinel, 3 May 2022 The Mean Green Machine, a broccoli and garlic ricotta cream pie drizzled with Mike’s Hot Honey, will dazzle even the most dubious. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Apr. 2022 Notre Dame tops Assumption, 56-36 Notre Dame made their LIT debut and rather than dazzle the crowd with anything spectacular, the Pandas used the slow-and-steady approach to take control against the Assumption Rockets. Jonathan Saxon, The Courier-Journal, 28 Jan. 2022 Sweeping vistas and snowcapped mountains may dazzle, but many U.S. national parks have deep Indigenous histories. Stephanie Vermillion, Outside Online, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dazzle

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for dazzle

frequentative of daze

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“Dazzle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dazzle. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for dazzle


daz·​zle | \ ˈda-zəl How to pronounce dazzle (audio) \
dazzled; dazzling

Kids Definition of dazzle

1 : to overpower with too much light The desert sunlight dazzled us.
2 : to confuse, surprise, or delight by being or doing something special and unusual The magician's tricks dazzled the audience.

Other Words from dazzle

dazzlingly \ ˈdaz-​ling-​lē \ adverb

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