- 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.
Origin of infatuate
Examples from the Web for infatuate
The infatuate impulse prevailed, to confess and take the consequences.Nobody
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.The Little Lady of the Big House
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.Lilith
- to inspire or fill with foolish, shallow, or extravagant passion
- to cause to act foolishly
- an archaic word for infatuated
- literary a person who is infatuated
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.