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

1 obsolete : bewitch
2a : to transfix (see transfix sense 1) and hold spellbound by an irresistible power believed that the serpent could fascinate its prey
b : to command the interest of : allure was fascinated by carnivals The kids were fascinated with their new toy.

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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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 The Catcher in the Rye is such a special book, and the insight into Holden’s mind is fascinating. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Penélope Cruz Shares Who (And What) Has a Special Place in Her Heart," 17 Jan. 2019 Case in point: Prince Charles and Princess Diana's relationship and eventual separation and split, which still fascinates royal fans today, more than 20 years after the ink dried on the divorce documents. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "A Royal Photographer Reveals the Moment He Knew Prince Charles and Princess Diana's Marriage Was Doomed," 13 Jan. 2019 Members of the Russian public, particularly those who are either ultranationalists or Orthodox believers, are fascinated by the story of the Romanovs. Simon Sebag Montefiore, Town & Country, "The Devastating True Story of the Romanov Family's Execution," 5 Oct. 2016 One of the things that fascinates me is the pivotal role of rodeos in the family’s life. Josh Haner, National Geographic, "The Last Cowboys: A Cattle-Ranching Family Fights to Survive," 29 June 2018 The other is fascinated by anything to do with the planets, including Jupiter’s 67 moons and Saturn’s rings. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "Weeding is a good exercise for both body and brain | Miami Herald," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of fascinate

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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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