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
I’m fascinated by the brain-behavior relationship and am always interested in new revelations about our motivations, thoughts, actions and emotions.
For instance, one of Treffert’s patients is a 3-year-old boy, an above-average reader fascinated by the solar system.
The two will add their names to some one-off events that have fascinated sports fans and others, even if the actual competition didn’t live up to the hype.
These days the Moon fascinates me for a very different reason.
For years, the food astronauts have brought with them into space have fascinated the public.
The swordplay, the heroes and villains all fascinate him.
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.
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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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