Definition of fascinate
fascinatingplay \ˈfas-ˌnā-tiŋ, ˈfa-sə-ˌnā-\
1 obsolete : bewitch
2a : to transfix (see transfix 1) and hold spellbound by an irresistible power believed that the serpent could fascinate its preyb : to command the interest of : allure was fascinated by carnivals The kids were fascinated with their new toy.
: to be irresistibly attractive the novel's flamboyant cover fascinates
Examples of fascinate in a Sentence
a question that fascinates both biologists and anthropologists
Her paintings never fail to fascinate.
Recent Examples of fascinate from the Web
Here's a look back at the past two weeks of OTAs: Fascinating question, indeed, when considering the additions of Adrian Peterson and rookie Alvin Kamara opens the door to try different things on offense.
I was particularly fascinated by how the large Ficus tree has grown over the temple ruins.
But the exhibition, nonetheless, felt like something for specialists: fascinating if you were fascinated by Mr. Gordon.
Enid then gravitates towards Seymour (a career-defining performance for Buscemi), becoming fascinated by this outcast of a different generation, a record collector who can’t help but correct people over the difference between blues and ragtime.
Rachel Kunnen has been fascinated with science since fourth grade.
Eliot Laurence, the show’s creator and co-executive producer, says he has long been fascinated with the culture of nail salons and the interactions between the artists and their clients.
Nicolas: The Fender Rhodes is still fascinating to me.
This illustrates how teardowns can reveal technology’s fascinating secrets.
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Origin and Etymology of fascinate
Latin fascinatus, past participle of fascinare, from fascinum evil spell
First Known Use: 1598See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of fascinate
FASCINATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fascinate for English Language Learners
: to cause (someone) to be very interested in something or someone
FASCINATE Defined for Kids
Definition of fascinate for Students
1 : to seize and hold the attention of
2 : to attract greatly
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