infatuate

verb
in·​fat·​u·​ate | \ in-ˈfa-chə-ˌwāt How to pronounce infatuate (audio) , -chü-ˌāt\
infatuated; infatuating

Definition of infatuate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to be foolish : deprive of sound judgment
2 : to inspire with a foolish or extravagant love or admiration

infatuate

adjective
in·​fat·​u·​ate | \ in-ˈfa-chə-wət How to pronounce infatuate (audio) , -chü-ət\

Definition of infatuate (Entry 2 of 2)

: being in an infatuated state or condition

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What is the origin of infatuated?

Adjective

When we speak of someone being infatuated it very often is in relationship to that person having seemingly taken leave of his or her senses, especially in a romantic context (“he was so infatuated that he could not remember what day of the week it was”). This is fitting, as the word shares an origin with the word fatuous, which means complacently or inanely foolish. Both words come from the Latin fatuus (“foolish”), although fatuous is not often used in the romantic contexts in which we find infatuate. When used with a preposition infatuated is typically followed by with.

Examples of infatuate in a Sentence

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But at the very beginning of the series, then-naïve Sansa was infatuated — perhaps even in love — with Joffrey and his royal status. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Sophie Turner Pretended Joffrey Was Justin Bieber in Game of Thrones, Season 1," 27 Mar. 2019 Once upon a time (i.e: over the summer), Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson were just two infatuated twenty-somethings who got engaged after only a few weeks of dating. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "There’s a Secret Message in Ariana Grande’s 'Pete Davidson' You Totally Missed," 10 Dec. 2018 Despite Robbie’s problematic actions in the film, Cole’s character remains boyishly infatuated and allows his life to be transformed entirely by the frenzied blonde who loves to drive her getaway cars with baby blue leather gloves on. Isiah Magsino, Vogue, "Margot Robbie Brings Femme Fatale to the Screen in Dreamland," 2 May 2019 Social media was instantly infatuated with the freshman congresswoman's latest stylish look—with some likening her to Olivia Pope, donning the figurative white hat. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Perfect White Cape Blazer, We Salute You," 6 Feb. 2019 Jamie Lorente as Nano Another Money Heist alum, Jamie Lorente will star in Elite as Samuel’s brother, who also seems to be infatuated with Marina. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "Meet the Cast of "Elite," Netflix's Thrilling New Mystery Series," 2 Oct. 2018 In the months before their rapture, the scooters puzzled, infatuated, and infuriated residents. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Electric scooters’ sudden invasion of American cities, explained," 7 Sep. 2018 Thale is infatuated with his psychologist, Dr. Agatha Matheson (Gretchen Mol) whose romantic past with Karl soured due to her work with psychics. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers asks whether humanity deserves to be saved," 29 Nov. 2018 In the end, Goodspeed took the rejection hard, especially because she was infatuated with Abdul for years and modeled her appearance after her. Jack Wisniewski, Fox News, "8 reality TV tragedies," 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of infatuate

Verb

circa 1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for infatuate

Verb

Latin infatuatus, past participle of infatuare, from in- + fatuus fatuous

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