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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Scarzo’s dazzling white coat shimmered in the midday sun. Peter Gwin, WSJ, "The Horses That Changed History," 19 June 2018 And most of the performers dazzling the red carpet Saturday night didn’t carry one defining title to their name, blurring the lines between having a singing and acting career and marrying sections of the entertainment industry with their talents. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Lil Yachty, Trevor Jackson, Finn Wolfhard & More Talk Balancing Music With Acting at MTV Movie & TV Awards," 18 June 2018 Marvel’s early movies dazzled us with the stories of great power. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The Marvel Cinematic Universe, explained.," 23 Apr. 2018 The fat-tire bike riding was outrageous, and the trails were still frozen enough to ride out to glaciers (glaciers are a feature of living in Alaska that, unlike Northern Lights Boulevard, still dazzle me). Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "I’m Alli, and it turns out I really do like February and March in Alaska," 19 Apr. 2018 Look Models founder Marie-Christine Kollock was among those dazzled. Tony Bravo, San Francisco Chronicle, "VIPs and ‘socials’ descend on SF for Cartier’s Bold and Fearless party," 6 Apr. 2018 On the red carpet, Dewan-Tatum takes a different approach, consistently dazzling at red carpet event after red carpet event in stunning designer looks. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Jenna Dewan-Tatum on the Red Carpet Dresses She's Saving for Her Daughter," 29 Mar. 2018 Say hello to 'Fashion Week' Sequins and Shine Celebrities dripping in sequins dazzled on the red carpet at this year's 90th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Crazy for color, ruffles and gold: The Kentucky Derby fashion trends you'll see this year," 22 Mar. 2018 For a short while last week, the possibility of an Oprah Winfrey presidential campaign dazzled and distracted Democrats. David Weigel, Washington Post, "Progressives find little support for an Oprah campaign," 18 Jan. 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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dazzle system


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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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evasion of direct action or statement

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