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/ verb 瑟n藞f忙t蕛 u藢e瑟t; adjective, noun 瑟n藞f忙t蕛 u 瑟t, -藢e瑟t /
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verb (used with object), in路fat路u路at路ed, in路fat路u路at路ing.
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.
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Origin of infatuate

1425鈥75; late Middle English <Latin infatu膩tus, past participle of infatu膩re.See in-2, fatuous, -ate1


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What does聽infatuate mean?

To infatuate is to strongly affect someone in a way that causes them to be absorbed with an extreme passion, especially in a way that makes them foolish or unreasonable about it.

Infatuate is especially used in a passive way鈥攚e usually say that a person is infatuated by someone or something, rather than saying that someone or something infatuates a person.

The state of being infatuated is infatuation. This is often used to refer to the state of someone who has fallen in love with a person without really knowing them. But it can refer to any obsessive or passionate focus, such as on an activity or goal. A person who鈥檚 affected this way can be described with the adjective infatuated.

The word infatuation can also refer to the object of this focus, as in Who鈥檚 that you鈥檙e staring at鈥攜our latest infatuation? Someone or something considered an infatuation can be described as infatuating鈥攎eaning it has the power to infatuate.

Very rarely, infatuate can be used as an adjective meaning infatuated or as a noun meaning an infatuated person.

Example: She鈥檚 usually infatuated by her crushes to the point that she can鈥檛 see their flaws.

Where does聽infatuate come from?

The first records of the word infatuate as a verb come from the 1500s. It comes from the Latin verb infatu膩re, from fatuus, meaning 鈥fatuous鈥 or 鈥渇oolish.鈥

When it鈥檚 used in the context of a romantic interest, an infatuation is often like an intense crush鈥攕omeone who infatuates you consumes your every thought. The word is often used in a critical way that implies that such an interest is foolish or impulsive, as in You鈥檙e confusing being in love with being infatuated. Describing someone with the adjective infatuated implies that they鈥檙e not thinking straight.

Still, attraction to someone often begins with infatuation, and the same can be said for hobbies that you develop a passion for. In this context, infatuate isn鈥檛 usually used negatively. It simply means that something has inspired a consuming passion or fascination, especially one that鈥檚 in its beginning stages, as in My kids go through a lot of interests, and these days it鈥檚 robotics that they鈥檙e infatuated with.

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  • infatuated (past tense verb, adjective)
  • infatuating (continuous tense verb, adjective)
  • infatuation (noun)

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How is聽infatuate used in real life?

When used in the context of a romantic interest, infatuate is usually used negatively. When it鈥檚 used in the context of a passion or fascination with an activity or hobby, it鈥檚 usually used more positively.



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Is infatuate used correctly in the following sentence?

I was infatuated by her immediately, and I couldn鈥檛 stop thinking about her for weeks.

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British Dictionary definitions for infatuate


verb (瑟n藞f忙tj蕣藢e瑟t) (tr)
to inspire or fill with foolish, shallow, or extravagant passion
to cause to act foolishly
adjective (瑟n藞f忙tj蕣瑟t, -藢e瑟t)
an archaic word for infatuated
noun (瑟n藞f忙tj蕣瑟t, -藢e瑟t)
literary a person who is infatuated

Word Origin for infatuate

C16: from Latin infatu膩re, from in- 虏 + fatuus fatuous
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