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infatuate

[ verb in-fach-oo-eyt; adjective, noun in-fach-oo-it, -eyt ]
/ verb ɪnˈfætʃ uˌeɪt; adjective, noun ɪnˈfætʃ u ɪt, -ˌeɪt /
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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.

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charmed, smitten, possessed, enamored, inflamed, intoxicated, spellbound, bewitched, fascinated, enraptured, besotted, foolish, silly

Nearby words

infants' school, infarct, infarction, infare, infatigable, infatuate, infatuated, infatuation, infauna, infeasibility, 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 infatuated (1 of 2)

infatuated

/ (ɪnˈfætjʊˌeɪtɪd) /

adjective

(often foll by with) possessed by a foolish or extravagant passion, esp for another person
Derived Formsinfatuatedly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for infatuated (2 of 2)

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 infatuated

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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