daz·​zle | \ˈda-zəl \
dazzled; dazzling\-​z(ə-​)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

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Other Words from dazzle

dazzle noun
dazzler \-​z(ə-​)lər \ noun

Synonyms for dazzle


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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While the original MacBook Air dazzled the crowd 10 years ago, the model unveiled earlier this week is more a refresh than a revolution. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Apple’s new MacBook Air faces strong Windows and iPad competition," 4 Nov. 2018 The concept is artfully expanded to include architecture by India Mahdavi, bespoke helicopters by Sergio Bortoluz, and dazzling bookbinding by Martin Frost, among others. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Venice's Glorious Homo Faber Craft Fair Celebrates the Handmade," 19 Sep. 2018 Clearing the western horizon at an altitude of 10 degrees (the width of your fist held at arm's length) will be Venus, appearing absolutely dazzling at a magnitude of -4.2. Joe Rao, Space.com, "The Moon Has a Close Encounter with Saturn on Tuesday Night," 23 July 2018 The career that those 90 minutes that dazzled the likes of Iniesta, Xavi and Busquets foretold has not materialised. SI.com, "Why Chelsea Should Take a Punt on Super Jack Wilshere and Make Him the Golden Boy He Deserves to Be," 22 June 2018 Even without diamonds on her head, Meghan dazzled in a stunning blue gown by designer SAFiYAA. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Decided Not To Wear a Tiara for Her First State Dinner," 23 Oct. 2018 Then the jet breaks through to calm skies and a view of dazzling blue, the curvature of the Earth on the horizon. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "“First Man” Is a Film About Failure," 4 Oct. 2018 The Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system on earth, was struck in 2016 and 2017 by massive die-offs of coral — caused by extreme ocean temperatures — that erased much of its dazzling color. Jacqueline Williams, New York Times, "Great Barrier Reef Imperiled as Heat Worsens Die-Offs, Experts Say," 4 July 2018 Pogba made a dazzling run through the centre of the park, beating several players, but the former Juventus man failed to execute a simple pass at the end of the move, which summed up a disappointing night for the visitors. SI.com, "Brighton 1-0 Man Utd: Seagulls Secure Premier League Status With Victory Over Shocking Red Devils," 4 May 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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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


daz·​zle | \ˈda-zəl \
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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