fas·​ci·​nate | \ ˈfa-sə-ˌnāt How to pronounce fascinate (audio) \
fascinated; fascinating\ ˈfas-​ˌnā-​tiŋ How to pronounce fascinating (audio) , ˈfa-​sə-​ˌnā-​ \

Definition of fascinate

transitive verb

1a : to command the interest of : allure was fascinated by carnivals The kids were fascinated with their new toy.
b : to transfix (see transfix sense 1) and hold spellbound by an irresistible power believed that the serpent could fascinate its prey
2 obsolete : bewitch

intransitive verb

: to be irresistibly attractive the novel's flamboyant cover fascinates

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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of fascinate in a Sentence

a question that fascinates both biologists and anthropologists Her paintings never fail to fascinate.
Recent Examples on the Web We're fascinated by the prospect of a model city being built from scratch by Toyota—and a bit weirded out. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "Toyota Will Build a Creepy Private City Full of Robots and Autonomous Vehicles," 6 Jan. 2020 The children were especially fascinated by the bears’ shoes. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Medina County judge delivers teddy dears to preschoolers at Windfall School," 11 Dec. 2019 Even as a child, Lappin was fascinated by Leonardo da Vinci’s Virtruvian man that da Vinci drew in about 1490. Lyndi Mcnulty, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "An Eye for Art: Sharing her mandalas gives Westminster artist ‘feelings of peace’," 20 Nov. 2019 You may be fascinated by the impact of someone's original ideas and become a willing follower. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 28, 2019: Aries, alter your business plan; Cancer, now’s the time to change your routine," 28 Sep. 2019 When talking local soccer, I'm always fascinated by what's happening with head coach Stu Riddle's Northern Kentucky Norse. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "The Touchline Newsletter, Issue No. 3: Positivity at FC Cincinnati, MLS expansion, USWNT," 15 Aug. 2019 He's also shared that he's fascinated by the Victorian Era. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "What We Know So Far About Joss Whedon's The Nevers," 5 Aug. 2019 Rachel Goodwin, who is a makeup artist—had told me about this woman, Ganna Walska, and I was fascinated by her story. Leigh Penney, Vogue, "A Hollywood Crowd Came Out for a Japanese Garden Party in Support of Lotusland," 29 July 2019 Which franchise's rebuild are you most fascinated by? Jamie Samuelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' rebuild intrigues most among all four in Motor City," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of fascinate

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for fascinate

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

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The first known use of fascinate was in 1598

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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fascinate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fascinate. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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How to pronounce fascinate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fascinate

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


fas·​ci·​nate | \ ˈfa-sə-ˌnāt How to pronounce fascinate (audio) \
fascinated; fascinating

Kids Definition of fascinate

1 : to seize and hold the attention of
2 : to attract greatly

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to assert without proof or before proving

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