fas·​ci·​nat·​ing | \ ˈfas-ˌnā-tiŋ How to pronounce fascinating (audio) , 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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Other Words from fascinating

fascinatingly \ ˈfas-​ˌnā-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce fascinatingly (audio) , 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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There is a fascinating correlation of science and art, objectivity and subjectivity. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Artist CJ Hendry’s New Show Is Completely Insane," 17 Apr. 2019 What makes the skull so fascinating to researchers is its braincase. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "How Modern Tech Solved the Mystery Behind This Ancient Reptile's Skull," 9 Jan. 2019 Blurring the line between sound design and score is fascinating to me. Tom Philip, GQ, "How Colin Stetson Made the Year's Most Terrifying Score," 8 June 2018 Burtt gets into his own personal history, which is fascinating, but here are a few choices that might be of special interest to PopMech readers. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Real World Stuff Behind Star Wars' Iconic Sounds," 3 Apr. 2019 This year especially, the race for some of the top categories — Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress — will be particularly fascinating to watch. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See If Your 2019 Oscars Predictions Match Up With the Projected Winners," 23 Feb. 2019 Treehouse architecture is both fascinating and whimsical, a harkening to the joys and nostalgia of childhood. Megan Barber, Curbed, "You can buy this tiny treehouse shaped like a pinecone," 11 Dec. 2018 All this paints a fascinating and human — if unsurprising — portrait of the singer, who was tragically found dead in a hotel bathtub in 2012, at the age of 48. refinery29.com, "Whitney Review: A Big Twist That Obscures An Even Bigger Life," 5 July 2018 With Road America up next on the Verizon IndyCar Series calendar, that can only mean one thing: The second half of the season is upon us, and with it comes a laundry list of fascinating and yet-to-be answered questions. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "NBCSN IndyCar analyst Paul Tracy predicts how rest of season will unfold," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of fascinating

1638, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fascinating

see fascinate

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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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