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fascinate

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1 to attract or delight as if by magic
  • for years the zoo's family of giant pandas have fascinated visitors

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2 to hold the attention of as if by a spell
  • I can gaze at the sea for hours, fascinated by the never-ending waves crashing upon the shore

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3 to hold the attention of
  • the subject of artificial intelligence fascinates me

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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

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The first known use of fascinate was in 1598

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“Fascinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/fascinate. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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