fascinate

verb
fas·​ci·​nate | \ ˈfa-sə-ˌnāt How to pronounce fascinate (audio) \
fascinated; fascinating\ ˈfas-​ˌnā-​tiŋ How to pronounce fascinate (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 As an overview of a fascinating career, this book concisely shows how, despite technological leaps such as the space race, human character is what will always fascinate us most. Francis French Washington Post, Star Tribune, "REVIEW: 'The Last American Hero,' by Alice L. George," 7 Dec. 2020 As an overview of a fascinating career, this book concisely shows how, despite technological leaps such as the space race, human character is what will always fascinate us most. Francis French Washington Post, Star Tribune, "REVIEW: 'The Last American Hero,' by Alice L. George," 7 Dec. 2020 As an overview of a fascinating career, this book concisely shows how, despite technological leaps such as the space race, human character is what will always fascinate us most. Francis French Washington Post, Star Tribune, "REVIEW: 'The Last American Hero,' by Alice L. George," 7 Dec. 2020 Overall, the intricate complexity of jewelry—from the history to the making to when people receive and wear it—will always fascinate me. Ty Gaskins, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pattaraphan Is the Sustainable Jewelry Brand Loved by Bella and Gigi Hadid," 4 Dec. 2020 As an overview of a fascinating career, this book concisely shows how, despite technological leaps such as the space race, human character is what will always fascinate us most. Washington Post, "Another look at John Glenn through a heroic lens," 20 Nov. 2020 The Manson murder case, unlike any other mass murder case in history, continues to fascinate to this very, very day. CBS News, "Charles Manson, leader of murderous cult, dead at 83," 20 Nov. 2017 More than 100 years after Vincent van Gogh created The Starry Night, the painting’s swirls of yellows, blues and browns continue to fascinate, seemingly dancing around one another and making viewers feel as if the sky is enveloping them. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Step Into ‘The Starry Night’ and Other Vincent van Gogh Masterpieces," 2 Nov. 2020 But it’s the political movements that fascinate me more than anything. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, "Pat Kessler looks back at the most memorable moments and politicians from his long career at WCCO," 1 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of fascinate

1591, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1b

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 1591

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20 Jan 2021

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“Fascinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fascinate. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for fascinate

fascinate

verb
How to pronounce fascinate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fascinate

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

fascinate

verb
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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