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[verb in-fach-oo-eyt; adjective, noun in-fach-oo-it, -eyt]
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verb (used with object), in·fat·u·at·ed, in·fat·u·at·ing.
  1. to inspire or possess with a foolish or unreasoning passion, as of love.
  2. to affect with folly; make foolish or fatuous.
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  1. infatuated.
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  1. a person who is infatuated.
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Origin of infatuate

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin infatuātus, past participle of infatuāre. See in-2, fatuous, -ate1
Related formsin·fat·u·a·tor, nounself-in·fat·u·at·ed, adjectiveun·in·fat·u·at·ed, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The infatuate impulse prevailed, to confess and take the consequences.


    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.


    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for infatuate


verb (ɪnˈfætjʊˌeɪt) (tr)
  1. to inspire or fill with foolish, shallow, or extravagant passion
  2. to cause to act foolishly
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adjective (ɪnˈfætjʊɪt, -ˌeɪt)
  1. an archaic word for infatuated
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noun (ɪnˈfætjʊɪt, -ˌeɪt)
  1. literary a person who is infatuated
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin infatuāre, from in- ² + fatuus fatuous
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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.

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