fascinate

verb
fas·​ci·​nate | \ ˈfa-sə-ˌnāt How to pronounce fascinate (audio) \
fascinated; fascinating\ ˈfas-​ˌnā-​tiŋ How to pronounce fascinate (audio) , ˈfa-​sə-​ˌnā-​ \

Definition of fascinate

transitive verb

1a : to command the interest of : allure was fascinated by carnivals The kids were fascinated with their new toy.
b : to transfix (see transfix sense 1) and hold spellbound by an irresistible power believed that the serpent could fascinate its prey
2 obsolete : bewitch

intransitive verb

: to be irresistibly attractive the novel's flamboyant cover fascinates

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Synonyms for fascinate

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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

Examples of fascinate in a Sentence

a question that fascinates both biologists and anthropologists Her paintings never fail to fascinate.
Recent Examples on the Web These factors yield wines that almost always fascinate. Joseph Hernandez, Bon Appétit, 7 Sep. 2021 As an overview of a fascinating career, this book concisely shows how, despite technological leaps such as the space race, human character is what will always fascinate us most. Francis French Washington Post, Star Tribune, 7 Dec. 2020 As an overview of a fascinating career, this book concisely shows how, despite technological leaps such as the space race, human character is what will always fascinate us most. Francis French Washington Post, Star Tribune, 7 Dec. 2020 But Astrup’s intermittent, relative failures to achieve coherence fascinate in their own way, as evidence of a talent incessantly pushing its limits. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 As an overview of a fascinating career, this book concisely shows how, despite technological leaps such as the space race, human character is what will always fascinate us most. Francis French Washington Post, Star Tribune, 7 Dec. 2020 The duality of his character continued to fascinate me. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 7 June 2021 There is nothing vague or evasive about Yves Saint Laurent when discussing subjects that fascinate him. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 4 June 2021 And there is a new Statue of Liberty Museum that will fascinate you with its history of the Lady in the Harbor. Gerald Eskenazi, Forbes, 30 May 2021

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First Known Use of fascinate

1591, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1b

History and Etymology for fascinate

Latin fascinatus, past participle of fascinare, from fascinum evil spell

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The first known use of fascinate was in 1591

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“Fascinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fascinate. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for fascinate

fascinate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fascinate

: to cause (someone) to be very interested in something or someone

fascinate

verb
fas·​ci·​nate | \ ˈfa-sə-ˌnāt How to pronounce fascinate (audio) \
fascinated; fascinating

Kids Definition of fascinate

1 : to seize and hold the attention of
2 : to attract greatly

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