dazzle

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

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

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Other Words from dazzle

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

Synonyms for dazzle

Synonyms

bedazzle, blind, daze

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

At tonight's Saint Laurent show along the fountains of the Trocadero, the Eiffel Tower was glittering in the background to dazzling effect. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Saint Laurent Puts on a Stunning Display of Cool, Gender-Neutral Hair in Paris," 26 Feb. 2019 The regional transit system reported record ridership as revelers basked in dazzling sunshine and temperatures that peaked above 60 degrees (15 degrees Celsius). Philip Marcelo, The Seattle Times, "What a (familiar) feeling: Boston fetes Super Bowl winners," 6 Feb. 2019 That barnstorm preceded another, the festival-closer and one of her specialties: Ligeti’s dazzling concerto, a party that ended — in this version of the final cadenza — with the whole orchestra joining Ms. Kopatchinskaja in song. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "A Quirky Violinist and a Festival to Match," 11 June 2018 Rosie Huntington-Whiteley dazzled in a beaded white ensemble, while Elsa Hosk opted for a leggy blue look. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "The Attico Hosts a Feather-Filled Dinner in New York," 8 Feb. 2019 O’Rourke dazzled Democrats last year by nearly defeating Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in the country’s largest red state. Will Weissert, The Seattle Times, "Beto O’Rourke says he’ll decide on 2020 run by month’s end," 5 Feb. 2019 While Hadid kept her clothes relatively low-key, each finger boasted a pretty, dazzling ring. Vogue, "Bella Hadid Goes Back to Basics With This Chic In-Flight Favorite," 18 Oct. 2018 From the release of a new Target clothing line that even Cher Horotiwz would approve of to a makeup palette made for dazzling every student in the cafeteria, the film remains a beloved classic. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "This “Clueless”-Inspired Makeup Look Would Earn Cher Horowitz’s Approval," 27 Aug. 2018 The Warriors’ entrance into the league’s dazzling midseason showcase of stardom will be as subtle as Bigfoot strolling into the senior prom. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Love ’em or hate ’em, Warriors swagger into All-Star break," 15 Feb. 2018

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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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The first known use of dazzle was in the 15th century

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dazzle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dazzle

of a bright light : to cause (someone) to be unable to see for a short time
: to greatly impress or surprise (someone) by being very attractive or exciting

dazzle

verb
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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