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 While the men think wearing questionable camouflage or taking their shirts off will dazzle crowds, women give us choreography. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Women Should Always Headline the Super Bowl Halftime Show," 31 Jan. 2020 The retro vibe goes all the way through to the marrow of the movie, and doesn't just reside in Declan Quinn's dazzling stylized cinematography or the use of recognizable sound stages for the street scenes. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sylvie's Love': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 28 Jan. 2020 Afterward, the program was smooth sailing, and at times, dazzling. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Jim Crane honored at River Oaks dinner, helped raise record $875,000 for Ben Taub Trauma Center," 16 Jan. 2020 Heroic doses of acid, small forests of mixed herbs, and blasts of spice are year-round constants but dazzle most when paired with otherwise dour winter fare. Carla Perez-gallardo And Hannah Black, Bon Appétit, "6 Tropical-Inspired Recipes That Make Us Forget It's Winter," 15 Jan. 2020 The Entenmann clan has done pretty well over the last century or so with their donuts, danishes, and those famous all-butter loaf cakes—dense and dazzling yellow rectangles that may as well be spun from gold. Helen Rosner, Town & Country, "The Entenmanns: A Family Dynasty Spun Out of Flour, Sugar, and Butter," 23 Oct. 2019 Her kill percentage was a dazzling .635 with a .540 hitting percentage, leading Mercy to a 59-1 record and the Division 1 state title. Tom Lang, Detroit Free Press, "Jess Mruzik, Michigan Miss Volleyball, named national player of the year," 22 Jan. 2020 His team was new to cutthroat politics, charmingly dazzled by their sudden overnight ascendance, and alternated between being startlingly adept and shockingly naive. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Things have changed for Venezuela. But they're not what Juan Guaido hoped for," 21 Jan. 2020 Breathtaking Patrick Mahomes against the 49ers’ dazzling pass rush. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "49ers vs. Chiefs: A fresh, exciting, L-I-V-E Super Bowl matchup," 20 Jan. 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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12 Feb 2020

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“Dazzle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dazzle. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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