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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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Origin of infatuate

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, 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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