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dazzle

[daz-uh l]
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verb (used with object), daz·zled, daz·zling.
  1. to overpower or dim the vision of by intense light: He was dazzled by the sudden sunlight.
  2. to impress deeply; astonish with delight: The glorious palace dazzled him.
verb (used without object), daz·zled, daz·zling.
  1. to shine or reflect brilliantly: gems dazzling in the sunlight.
  2. to be overpowered by light: Her eyes dazzled in the glare.
  3. to excite admiration by brilliance: Once one is accustomed to such splendor, it no longer dazzles.
noun
  1. an act or instance of dazzling: the dazzle of the spotlights.
  2. something that dazzles.

Origin of dazzle

First recorded in 1475–85; daze + -le
Related formsdaz·zler, noundaz·zling·ly, adverbout·daz·zle, verb (used with object), out·daz·zled, out·daz·zling.o·ver·daz·zle, verb, o·ver·daz·zled, o·ver·daz·zling.un·daz·zled, adjectiveun·daz·zling, adjective

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2. awe, overwhelm, overpower, stupefy.
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Examples from the Web for dazzled

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  • But—if indeed, you are dazzled by the glamour of a title—do not be too confident of his fealty.

  • I see the vista of my future, and—ah, little book, my eyes are dazzled!

  • Angelique smiled, as she stood there, dazzled, and as if bathed in the springtide.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • The Thorwaldsen Gallery of Copenhagen had ever dazzled his imagination.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • It is repeated at every turn until the eyes are dazzled with it, and the head is giddy.


British Dictionary definitions for dazzled

dazzle

verb
  1. (usually tr) to blind or be blinded partially and temporarily by sudden excessive light
  2. to amaze, as with brillianceshe was dazzled by his wit; she dazzles in this film
noun
  1. bright light that dazzles
  2. bewilderment caused by glamour, brilliance, etcthe dazzle of fame
Derived Formsdazzler, noun

Word Origin

C15: from daze
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Word Origin and History for dazzled

dazzle

v.

late 15c., frequentative of Middle English dasen (see daze (v.)). Originally intransitive; the transitive sense is from 1530s. Related: Dazzled; dazzling.

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