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[verb in-fach-oo-eyt; adjective, noun in-fach-oo-it, -eyt] /verb ɪnˈfætʃ uˌeɪt; adjective, noun ɪnˈfætʃ u ɪt, -ˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), infatuated, infatuating.
to inspire or possess with a foolish or unreasoning passion, as of love.
to affect with folly; make foolish or fatuous.
a person who is infatuated.
Origin of infatuate
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin infatuātus, past participle of infatuāre. See in-2, fatuous, -ate1
Related forms
infatuator, noun
self-infatuated, adjective
uninfatuated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for infatuate
Historical Examples
  • The infatuate impulse prevailed, to confess and take the consequences.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • Our duty is to tame, subjugate, infatuate, and control them.

    Angel Island Inez Haynes Gillmore
  • It will be a remarkable woman that will ever infatuate him now.

  • Whom the gods destroy they first infatuate—with an opera singer.

    The Wheel of Life

    Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow
  • But the truth was, I forgot the children, infatuate with the horse.

    Lilith George MacDonald
  • To infatuate a man is not the same thing as to build a state!

    Daughter of the Sun

    Jackson Gregory
  • Indeed, the most violent emotion to which he was sensible was one of chagrin over his own infatuate myopia.

    The Bandbox Louis Joseph Vance
  • infatuate, who from such a good estrange Your hearts, and bend your gaze on vanity, Alas for you!

  • But he had an infatuate haughtiness as to the impossibility of his retreating, and as to his right to dictate your course.

  • Yet we urge it on, mindless and infatuate, and plant the ill-ominous thing in our hallowed citadel.

British Dictionary definitions for infatuate


verb (transitive) (ɪnˈfætjʊˌeɪt)
to inspire or fill with foolish, shallow, or extravagant passion
to cause to act foolishly
adjective (ɪnˈfætjʊɪt; -ˌeɪt)
an archaic word for infatuated
noun (ɪnˈfætjʊɪt; -ˌeɪt)
(literary) a person who is infatuated
Word Origin
C16: from Latin infatuāre, from in-² + fatuusfatuous
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for infatuate

1530s, "turn (something) to foolishness, frustrate," from Latin infatuatus, past participle of infatuare "make a fool of," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + fatuus "foolish." Specific sense of "inspire (in someone) a foolish romantic passion" is from 1620s. Related: Infatuated; infatuating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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