- 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 infatuated
He was egotistical even as a child, it is noted, infatuated with the sight of his name on a rubber stamp and later as a byline.
Greenspan was infatuated with all sorts of markets, including financial ones.Roger Ferguson Is Wall Street’s Fantasy for Federal Reserve Chairman
September 24, 2013
This was the consequence of his infatuated attachment to Lady Hamilton.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
I must be infatuated, or I should scorn to regret him as I do.The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
I went to all the bull-fights, and was infatuated with them.My Double Life
Her infatuated husband thought he was getting along famously.One Day's Courtship
Ultimately he became so infatuated by her that he asked her to marry him, which she agreed to do.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
- (often foll by with) possessed by a foolish or extravagant passion, esp for another person
- 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 infatuated
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.