- to overpower or dim the vision of by intense light: He was dazzled by the sudden sunlight.
- to impress deeply; astonish with delight: The glorious palace dazzled him.
- to shine or reflect brilliantly: gems dazzling in the sunlight.
- to be overpowered by light: Her eyes dazzled in the glare.
- to excite admiration by brilliance: Once one is accustomed to such splendor, it no longer dazzles.
- an act or instance of dazzling: the dazzle of the spotlights.
- something that dazzles.
Origin of dazzle
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Examples from the Web for dazzle
Movies are meant to dazzle, and American Hustle does just that.
There was a kinetic energy, a vibrancy that leapt off the screen that did, indeed, dazzle.
But it was too late, as critics and audiences had already written it off once the show failed to dazzle them from the outset.‘Sound of Music’ Star Laura Benanti Is About to Be One of Your Favorite Things
December 4, 2013
Would we really have preferred her to lie—to dazzle us all with her stiff-upper-lippiness?Give Ann Romney a Break
March 6, 2013
Without Steve around to dazzle us, it gets easier to ask tougher questions.Mike Daisey Remembers Steve Jobs a Year After His Death
October 5, 2012
I will dazzle her senses with all the attractions that the globe of earth has to boast.Imogen
I now require this of all pictures, that they domesticate me, not that they dazzle me.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
His fierce assumption of knowledge seemed to dazzle and daze the Spaniard.Captain Blood
On this occasion Beatrice dressed to dazzle and intimidate one of her own sex.The Gorgeous Girl
He knew me to be poor, and yet saw clearly that wealth did not dazzle me.Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
- (usually tr) to blind or be blinded partially and temporarily by sudden excessive light
- to amaze, as with brillianceshe was dazzled by his wit; she dazzles in this film
- bright light that dazzles
- bewilderment caused by glamour, brilliance, etcthe dazzle of fame
Word Origin and History for dazzle
late 15c., frequentative of Middle English dasen (see daze (v.)). Originally intransitive; the transitive sense is from 1530s. Related: Dazzled; dazzling.