infatuate

[ 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.

adjective
  1. infatuated.

noun
  1. a person who is infatuated.

Origin of infatuate

1
1425–75; late Middle English <Latin infatuātus, past participle of infatuāre.See in-2, fatuous, -ate1

Other words from infatuate

  • in·fat·u·a·tor, noun
  • self-in·fat·u·at·ed, adjective
  • un·in·fat·u·at·ed, adjective

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How to use infatuate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for infatuate

infatuate

verb(ɪnˈfætjʊˌeɪt) (tr)
  1. to inspire or fill with foolish, shallow, or extravagant passion

  2. to cause to act foolishly

adjective(ɪnˈfætjʊɪt, -ˌeɪt)
  1. an archaic word for infatuated

noun(ɪnˈfætjʊɪt, -ˌeɪt)
  1. literary a person who is infatuated

Origin of infatuate

1
C16: from Latin infatuāre, from in- ² + fatuus fatuous

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