fas·ci·nat·ing | \ ˈfas-ˌnā-tiŋ , ˈfa-sə-ˌnā- \

Definition of fascinating 

: extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expedition

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fascinatingly \ˈfas-ˌnā-tiŋ-lē, ˈfa-sə-ˌnā- \ adverb

Examples of fascinating in a Sentence

the fascinating cities and peoples of central Asia have been intriguing travelers at least since the time of Marco Polo the fascinating—but dubious—legend that Pocahontas rescued John Smith from certain death

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In this very organized house, war brought lots of terrifying things, but, for a twelve-year-old, also very fascinating things. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "A Facebook Invite to a French Château," 24 June 2018 In a story collection there is little room for error, and their presence mars this exploration of an otherwise fascinating, endlessly contemporary subject. The Economist, "Lionel Shriver on things that possess their owners," 27 Apr. 2018 Like much of Beyoncé’s most fascinating work of late, the album—a collaboration with her husband JAY-Z—emphasizes the unique intersection of what New Yorker writer Doreen St. Felix describes as her Southernness and the global black vernacular. Joshunda Sanders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything Is Love Is the Ultimate Ode to Black Freedom," 22 June 2018 Some of the most fascinating scenes take place in a documentary-making class, where Fox teaches her students how to build rapport with their subjects, and then push past their resistance. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, "“The Tale,” a Wrenching and Wise Story About Sexual Abuse," 18 June 2018 Add to that a setting lifted from Cyberpunk 2020 a 1980s pen-and-paper cult classic, and the end result seems like the most fascinating big-budget game in a while. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "Every Video Game Worth Paying Attention to from E3 2018," 14 June 2018 Who is above 50 percent and who is below will be fascinating to watch. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "It's the biggest 2018 primary day so far. Here's what to watch for.," 5 June 2018 For those eternally in search of a shortcut, some of the most fascinating research is taking place in the military. Ashley Fetters, Bon Appetit, "How Sleep Became a Wellness Fixation," 29 May 2018 Americans found the choice of head gear especially fascinating... Meghan Overdeep, ajc, "The surprising thing Americans were Googling during the royal wedding," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of fascinating

1638, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fascinating

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English Language Learners Definition of fascinating

: very interesting or appealing


fas·ci·nat·ing | \ ˈfa-sə-ˌnā-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of fascinating

: extremely interesting or charming a fascinating story

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