infatuate

[verb in-fach-oo-eyt; adjective, noun in-fach-oo-it, -eyt]

verb (used with object), in·fat·u·at·ed, in·fat·u·at·ing.

to inspire or possess with a foolish or unreasoning passion, as of love.
to affect with folly; make foolish or fatuous.

adjective

infatuated.

noun

a person who is infatuated.

Nearby words

  1. infants' school,
  2. infarct,
  3. infarction,
  4. infare,
  5. infatigable,
  6. infatuated,
  7. infatuation,
  8. infauna,
  9. infeasibility,
  10. infeasible

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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British Dictionary definitions for infatuate

infatuate

verb (ɪnˈfætjʊˌeɪt) (tr)

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 for infatuate

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

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Word Origin and History for infatuate

infatuate

v.

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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