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fascinate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of fascinate

  1. 1 to attract or delight as if by magic for years the zoo's family of giant pandas have fascinated visitors Synonyms of fascinate allure, beguile, bewitch, captivate, enchant, charm, kill, magnetize, wile, witch [archaic]Words Related to fascinate disarm, draw, entice, lure, pull, seduce, tempt; delight, gratify, please; arrest, enrapture, enthrall (or enthral), entrance; appeal (to), interest, intrigue; beckon, court, invite, solicit, wooNear Antonyms of fascinate disgust, offend, repel, revolt; annoy, displease, irk; bore, tire, weary

  2. 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 Synonyms of fascinate arrest, bedazzle, catch up, enchant, enthrall, grip, hypnotize, mesmerize, spellbindWords Related to fascinate enrapture, entrance, thrill; beguile, bewitch, charm; absorb, engage, engross, involve

  3. 3 to hold the attention of the subject of artificial intelligence fascinates me Synonyms of fascinate absorb, bemuse, busy, catch up, engross, enthrall (or enthral), enwrap, engage, grip, immerse, interest, intrigue, involve, occupyWords Related to fascinate allure, attract, beguile, bewitch, captivate, charm, enchant, obsess; hypnotize, mesmerize; distract, preoccupy; hog, monopolizeNear Antonyms of fascinate bore, jade, pall, tire, weary

Synonym Discussion of fascinate

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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