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

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

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

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 And at Huntington, thus far, the United States’ best and brightest have dazzled. Luca Evans, Orange County Register, 21 May 2024 Not that Williams was the lone story for the girls as the likes of Madison’s Amirah Shaheed, Poway’s Tessa Buswell, Carlsbad’s Morgan Herbst, La Jolla’s Payton Smith and San Diego’s Anisa Bowen-Fontenot dazzled. Steve Brand, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for dazzle 

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Word History


frequentative of daze

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Dazzle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dazzle. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


daz·​zle ˈdaz-əl How to pronounce dazzle (audio)
dazzled; dazzling -(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce dazzle (audio)
: to overpower with light
the desert sunlight dazzled us
: to impress greatly or confuse with brilliance
dazzled the crowds with fiery speeches
dazzle noun
dazzler noun
dazzlingly adverb

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