[ fas-uh-neyt ]
/ ˈfæs əˌneɪt /
verb (used with object), fas·ci·nat·ed, fas·ci·nat·ing.
to attract and hold attentively by a unique power, personal charm, unusual nature, or some other special quality; enthrall: a vivacity that fascinated the audience.
to arouse the interest or curiosity of; allure.
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·ci·nat·ed, fas·ci·nat·ing.
to capture the interest or hold the attention.
Why is Easter Island Named “Easter”?The instantly recognizable statues on Easter Island (887 of them), called moai, have perplexed and fascinated explorers, experts and average folks since the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen came across it in 1722. And Mr. Roggeveen is the reason it’s called Easter Island. He and his crew dropped anchor on Easter Sunday. The current inhabitants of Isla de Pascua (Spanish for “Easter Island”) call it Rapa Nui, a …
Origin of fascinate
1590–1600; < Latin fascinātus, past participle of fascināre to bewitch, cast a spell on, verbal derivative of fascinum evil spell, bewitchment
fas·ci·nat·ed·ly, adverbfas·ci·na·tive, adjectivehalf-fas·ci·nat·ed, adjectivequa·si-fas·ci·nat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fascinative
/ (ˈfæsɪˌneɪt) /
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 Formsfascinatedly, adverbfascination, nounfascinative, adjective
Word Origin for fascinate
C16: from Latin fascināre, from fascinum a bewitching
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
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