daz·​zle | \ ˈda-zəl How to pronounce dazzle (audio) \
dazzled; dazzling\ ˈdaz-​liŋ How to pronounce dazzling (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 dazzler (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 Melt-in-your-mouth lechazo (baby lamb), smoked for hours at low heat, also dazzled. Washington Post, "A sip-to-sip tour of the ‘Sonoma of Spain’," 29 Nov. 2019 More than a dozen floats dazzled youngsters in the crowd. Dug Begley, Houston Chronicle, "Clouds don’t deter crowds from Houston’s Thanksgiving parade, Big Super Feast," 28 Nov. 2019 The former Alabama linebacker was on the field as senior Nov. 10, 2012 when upstart Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel dazzled the country by opening a 20-0 first-quarter lead and holding on for a 29-24 win over the Tide. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "Former Alabama LB expects Nick Saban to adapt and overcome LSU loss," 28 Nov. 2019 That was a dazzling show — again — by Lamar Jackson on Monday night in L.A., with his five TD passes and 95 rushing yards. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens dominate top of NFL power rankings after resounding 45-6 win against Rams," 26 Nov. 2019 The Baltimore faithful rained down adoration on their young quarterback, who had done it again: dazzled with with his legs, his arm, and his instincts. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Lamar Jackson 'operating at the highest level', cements MVP candidacy in rout of Rams," 26 Nov. 2019 If Fleury’s dazzling save doesn’t prove it, the shootout alone should be proof. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 23 Nov. 2019 And backing vocalists Kitten Kuroi and Briana Lee dazzled with strength and tone that nudged Costello to show off his own pipes — without microphone amplification on more than one occasion. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Elvis Costello throws rock 'n' roll party at stately Palladium," 17 Nov. 2019 While middle-aged men enjoyed a return to the spotlight at Sullivan (among those piling up points was 1988 Service High grad Derek Donald), guys at the start of their careers dazzled at the Alaska Airlines Center. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Friday night magic for Alaska hoops and hockey fans," 10 Nov. 2019

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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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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Dazzle.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dazzles. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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