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fascinate

[ fas-uh-neyt ]
/ 藞f忙s 蓹藢ne瑟t /
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verb (used with object), fas路ci路nat路ed, fas路ci路nat路ing.
to attract and hold attentively by a unique power, personal charm, unusual nature, or some other special quality; enthrall: His natural vivacity fascinates and dominates his audience, leading them wherever he will.
to arouse the interest or curiosity of: As I learned about ancient Egyptian religion, I found elements that fascinated me.
to transfix or deprive of the power of resistance, as through terror: The sight of the snake fascinated the rabbit.
Obsolete. to bewitch.
Obsolete. to cast under a spell by a look.
verb (used without object), fas路ci路nat路ed, fas路ci路nat路ing.
to capture the interest or hold the attention.
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Origin of fascinate

First recorded in 1590鈥1600; from Latin fascin膩tus, past participle of fascin膩re 鈥渢o bewitch, cast a spell on,鈥 verbal derivative of fascinum 鈥渆vil spell, bewitchment鈥

OTHER WORDS FROM fascinate

fas路ci路na路tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fascinate

fascinate
/ (藞f忙s瑟藢ne瑟t) /

verb (mainly tr)
to attract and delight by arousing interest or curiosityhis stories fascinated me for hours
to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
archaic to put under a spell

Derived forms of fascinate

fascinatedly, adverbfascination, nounfascinative, adjective

Word Origin for fascinate

C16: from Latin fascin膩re, from fascinum a bewitching

usage for fascinate

A person can be fascinated by or with another person or thing. It is correct to speak of someone's fascination with a person or thing; one can also say a person or thing has a fascination for someone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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