Definition of fascinate
fascinatingplay \ˈfas-ˌnā-tiŋ, ˈfa-sə-ˌnā-\
1 obsolete : bewitch
2a : to transfix (see transfix 2) 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.
Origin and Etymology of fascinate
Latin fascinatus, past participle of fascinare, from fascinum evil spell
First Known Use: 1598
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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