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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Among the nearly 100 objects are things that both dazzle and provoke. Murray Whyte, BostonGlobe.com, "At Peabody Essex, a reset on South Asian art," 14 Jan. 2021 Who make a lot of noise spending money to amplify their eco-messages and dazzle the audience rather than create an actual difference. Melinda Stevens, Condé Nast Traveler, "Editor's Letter: The Hotels Focusing on a Greener Future," 30 Nov. 2020 Every season of The Masked Singer has one contestant who can dazzle the audience and panel with their voice and dance moves. Ariana Brockington, refinery29.com, "There’s Almost No Way The Masked Singer’s Crocodile Isn’t A Backstreet Boy," 19 Nov. 2020 Alexandra Michler, Director of Fashion Initiatives has her eye on an 18-karat gold and silver topaz ring by Fred Leighton that would dazzle both on Zoom and in a post-pandemic world. Julie Tong, Vogue, "What 26 Vogue Editors Are Coveting for the Holidays," 7 Dec. 2020 While the 50-acre botanical oasis of Leu Gardens can dazzle visitors on a daily basis with its wide array of flora and fauna, a new light-up event is sure to stun nighttime guests this holiday season. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Dazzling Nights lights up Leu Gardens beginning Dec. 1," 24 Nov. 2020 On the other hand, single conifers have a capacity to dazzle as sublime specimens or to drag a landscape down. Washington Post, "Winter wonders: Conifers revive the sleeping garden. But remember, less is more.," 2 Dec. 2020 Put these on the top to dazzle when the lid comes off. New York Times, "How to Make the Perfect Cookie Box," 30 Nov. 2020 The custom wallpaper, restored terrazzo lobby floors — embedded with silver metal globes and moons — and a new $10 million staircase that carves through the tower’s 26 stories aim to dazzle. Dee Depass Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Rand Hotel Tower opens this week after $110 million renovation," 29 Nov. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dazzle. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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 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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