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 Announced today, the rotunda of the old AIB building will soon dazzle again with a gleaming two-story interactive sculpture as the focal point of the new show. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian Magazine, "A New, Interactive Sculpture by Suchi Reddy Illuminates Our Hopes and Fears About the Future," 7 May 2021 Rippling runs allowed Hannigan to dazzle with her technique. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Review: Stylish Mozart from Fabio Luisi, Erin Hannigan and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra," 29 Apr. 2021 These costumes, props, and sets continue to dazzle. Devon Maloney, Vulture, "Shadow and Bone Recap: Yours to Lose," 23 Apr. 2021 Attendees are ushered to socially distances tables inside as masked performers dazzle the crowd. Lucy Kafanov, CNN, "'The worst of all the catastrophes' recedes in Vegas," 23 Apr. 2021 Leather couches scream luxury, and when that sofa material is genuine leather, the finished room will dazzle the eye for design gurus to an even greater extent. Landon Pemper, Chron, "IKEA versus Wayfair: Who's got the best sofas at the best prices?," 15 Mar. 2021 Sure, television screens were smaller, but the pop stars dancing and lip-syncing through videos on MTV felt larger than life, able to dazzle audiences and free of burdens like the 24-hour news cycle and constant social-media chatter. Maura Johnston, EW.com, "Miley Cyrus goes glam on the anticlimactic Plastic Hearts," 30 Nov. 2020 Kyle Shanahan was correct: Justin Fields can dazzle at a pro day. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, "49ers' potential target Justin Fields proves Kyle Shanahan right at Ohio State pro day," 30 Mar. 2021 The 6-8 point guard, a first-team All-American expected to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, has the ability to dazzle as the tournament's main star. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "March Madness: Six key takeaways from Friday's men's NCAA Tournament first-round games," 20 Mar. 2021

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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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11 May 2021

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“Dazzle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dazzle. Accessed 13 May. 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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