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


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?


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Warriors aren’t infatuated with anyone projected to go within the first couple of selections, a team source told The Chronicle. Connor Letourneau,, "Inside look at Warriors’ draft thinking: Intriguing prospect, trade potential," 21 Dec. 2019 One last glimpse Eliza Scidmore, who photographed students at this Japanese middle school more than a century ago, was infatuated with Japan. George Stone, National Geographic, "What turns a getaway into a best trip?," 17 Dec. 2019 Buyers infatuated with SUVs snubbed this beautifully modern traditional full-size sedan. Larry Printz,, "Rust in peace: These cars that are not long for this world," 25 Oct. 2019 Still infatuated, and seeing an opening, the Yankees strongly started pursuing him again two years ago. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Having spurned the Yankees as a teenager, Astros' Gerrit Cole has another chance to break New York hearts," 14 Oct. 2019 Ever since pioneers arrived alongside wagons, Oregonians have been infatuated with homes on wheels, especially personalized camper trailers rolling with eye-catching character, from kitschy to cute. oregonlive, "Hop inside 60 tiny camper trailers converging on the Oregon Coast," 3 Oct. 2019 Public markets, creditors and venture capitalists, whom WeWork’s dreamy co-founder, Adam Neumann, has infatuated for years, appeared unwilling to hand over any more unless something changed. The Economist, "Would WeWork’s implosion pose a systemic risk?," 28 Sep. 2019 For the longest time, Harbaugh seemed infatuated with the versatility of a player who could stay in and block from multiple points or flex out and catch passes. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "How the TE position forced Michigan football to change its offense," 8 Nov. 2019 Early on, Nietzsche was hopelessly infatuated with Wagner’s music and personality. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Nietzsche’s Eternal Return," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of infatuate


circa 1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for infatuate


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

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1 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Infatuate.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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