Definition of dazzle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdazəl/


[with object]
1(Of a bright light) blind (a person) temporarily: she was dazzled by the headlights
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  • Oh, to relive all those golden memories of nights spent with our eyes dazzled by flickering light, our shoes stuck to the floor.
  • A huge, dark shape passed by - the bright lights dazzled my eyes, shining from between parallel bars.
  • Another possibility is that Mr Rogers was momentarily dazzled by the lights of oncoming traffic.
blind temporarily, deprive of sight
1.1Amaze or overwhelm (someone) with a particular impressive quality: I was dazzled by the beauty and breadth of the exhibition
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  • The vampire dropped to the floor, dazzling James with her beauty.
  • He stood more than twice her size, yet she showed no fear of him, nor did she seem dazzled by his beauty.
  • We are dazzled by the exotic regalia in which Indian rulers impressed the British court.
overwhelm, overcome, impress, move, stir, affect, touch, awe, overawe, leave speechless, take someone's breath away;
spellbind, hypnotize
informal bowl over, blow away, knock out
1.2 [no object] archaic (Of the eyes) be affected by a bright light: my eyes dazzled and I could not move
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  • He has been used to a dark room, and dark clothes, and his eyes dazzle at a satin suit.
  • My eyes dazzled at the owl's brilliant diamond filled body and shiny ruby eyes.
  • Emerging from the shadow into the bright sunshine on the old bridge, his eyes dazzled and he stumbled on the cobbles.


Brightness that confuses someone’s vision temporarily: [in singular]: a dazzle of green and red spotlights
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  • I need to constantly remind myself where I came from; I don't want to forget that because it is very easy to forget in the whole dazzle and the glamour of my job.
  • It sent the cave in to a sparkling blue dazzle, as the walls were made of a sapphire like stone.
  • It wasn't Oscar's best work - low on razzle and with a noticeable dearth of dazzle.
glare, brightness, brilliance, shimmer, radiance, shine



Pronunciation: /ˈdazəlmənt/
Example sentences
  • The Ligeti, done with the soloist Christian Tetzlaff, was sheer dazzlement, a brilliantly ingenious manipulation of remote sonorities.
  • But at night they saw the world in an infinite variety of blacks, whites, and grays, and with a sharpness and clarity that the dazzlement of color often hides from normal-sighted people.
  • The 50th Anniversary of Taylor's own company joyously offers a body of work here-including a small, precious dazzlement of masterpieces - to be maintained.


Late 15th century (in the sense 'be dazzled'): frequentative of the verb daze.

Words that rhyme with dazzle

basil, bedazzle, frazzle, razzle

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Syllabification: daz·zle

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