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fascinate Line breaks: fas¦cin|ate
Pronunciation: /ˈfasɪneɪt/

Definition of fascinate in English:


[with object]
1Attract the strong attention and interest of (someone): I’ve always been fascinated by computers (as adjective fascinated) a crowd of fascinated onlookers
More example sentences
  • Perhaps it is this very drama that provides the attraction that continues to fascinate military historians.
  • That idea, of walking on the same ground as generations past, is one which has always fascinated me.
  • You will never know what is on their mind, and you may not have any idea where you stand with them, but their secrets will always fascinate you.
1.1 archaic (Especially of a snake) deprive (prey) of the ability to resist or escape by the power of a gaze: the serpent fascinates its prey


Late 16th century (in the sense 'bewitch'): from Latin fascinat- 'bewitched', from the verb fascinare, from fascinum 'spell, witchcraft'.

  • ‘Bewitch, put under a spell’ was the first sense recorded for fascinate which comes from Latin fascinare ‘bewitch’.

Words that rhyme with fascinate

assassinate, deracinate
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