dazzle

verb daz·zle \ ˈda-zəl \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of dazzle

dazzled; dazzling play \-z(ə-)liŋ\
intransitive verb
1 :to lose clear vision especially from looking at bright light
2 a :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

dazzle

noun

dazzler

play \-z(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of dazzle in a Sentence

  1. Elvis always dazzled his audiences.

  2. Visitors were dazzled by the mansion's ornate rooms.

  3. She truly dazzles in her live concerts.

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Origin and Etymology of dazzle

frequentative of daze

dazzle Synonyms

Synonyms
bedazzle, blind, daze
Related Words
confuse, overpower, overwhelm, stun

DAZZLE Defined for English Language Learners

dazzle

verb

Definition of dazzle for English Language Learners

  • 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


DAZZLE Defined for Kids

dazzle

verb daz·zle \ ˈda-zəl \

Definition of dazzle for Students

dazzled; dazzling
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.

dazzlingly

\ˈdaz-ling-lē\ adverb


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