fascinate

verb
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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Synonyms for fascinate

Synonyms

allure, beguile, bewitch, captivate, charm, enchant, kill, magnetize, wile, witch [archaic]

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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.

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The prince was said to be fascinated throughout his week working at their iconic South Bank London headquarters, learning how the MI6 navigates threats and potential threats to the country’s national security and economic wellbeing. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside Prince William's Top Secret Internship at Britain's Intelligence Agencies," 6 Apr. 2019 Zenit is not the first physicist to be fascinated by Pollock's work in particular. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: modern masters like Jackson Pollock were “intuitive physicists”," 26 Dec. 2018 Gaming phones like the new Razer Phone 2 seem to fascinate the companies that make them more than the general public. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Razer Phone 2 review: it glows, but it doesn’t shine," 22 Oct. 2018 Although this latest research is not definitive, generations of the faithful will continue to be fascinated by the Shroud of Turin. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Bloodstains on Shroud of Turin are probably fake, experts say," 16 July 2018 Visitors to the Sunshine State can quickly find themselves in the realm of the gothic, at once fascinated and repelled. The Economist, "Lauren Groff’s short stories pulse with hidden malevolence," 21 June 2018 Higa, a sophomore studying graphic design who grew up in Tokyo, has long been fascinated by the connections between food and culture. Allison Steele, Philly.com, "Penn Appetit! In their spare time, these students publish a food magazine and cookbook," 15 May 2018 Below, Badaki opens up about embodying a character she's been fascinated by for 15 years, auditioning with that very scene and working with the American Gods showrunners to bring Bilquis to the screen. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "American Gods Star Yetide Badaki on Finding Bilquis and That Sex Scene," 1 May 2017 Bryn, who met David at MIT and is also an engineer, had always been fascinated by the idea of living on Mars time. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Jet Propulsion Laboratory: NASA's Crazy, Kooky, Legendary Research Facility," 3 Nov. 2016

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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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fascinate

verb

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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