fascinate

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verb fas·ci·nate \ˈfa-sə-ˌnāt\

Definition of fascinate

fascinated

fascinating

play \ˈfas-ˌnā-tiŋ, ˈfa-sə-ˌnā-\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  bewitch

  3. 2 a :  to transfix and hold spellbound by an irresistible power <believed that the serpent could fascinate its prey> b :  to command the interest of :  allure <was fascinated by carnivals>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to be irresistibly attractive <the novel's flamboyant cover fascinates>

Examples of fascinate in a sentence

  1. a question that fascinates both biologists and anthropologists

  2. Her paintings never fail to fascinate.

Origin and Etymology of fascinate

Latin fascinatus, past participle of fascinare, from fascinum evil spell


First Known Use: 1598

Synonym Discussion of fascinate

attract, allure, charm, captivate, fascinate, enchant mean to draw another by exerting a powerful influence. attract applies to any degree or kind of ability to exert influence over another <students attracted by the school's locale>. allure implies an enticing by what is fair, pleasing, or seductive <an alluring smile>. charm implies the power of casting a spell over the person or thing affected and so compelling a response <charmed by their hospitality>, but it may, like captivate, suggest no more than evoking delight or admiration <her performances captivated audiences>. fascinate suggests a magical influence and tends to stress the ineffectiveness of attempts to resist <a story that continues to fascinate children>. enchant is perhaps the strongest of these terms in stressing the appeal of the agent and the degree of delight evoked in the subject <hopelessly enchanted by her beauty>.

FASCINATE Defined for English Language Learners

fascinate

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verb fas·ci·nate \ˈfa-sə-ˌnāt\

Definition of fascinate for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (someone) to be very interested in something or someone


FASCINATE Defined for Kids

fascinate

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verb fas·ci·nate \ˈfa-sə-ˌnāt\

Definition of fascinate for Students

fascinated

fascinating

  1. 1 :  to seize and hold the attention of

  2. 2 :  to attract greatly



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