Definition of fascinate in English:


Syllabification: fas·ci·nate
Pronunciation: /ˈfasəˌnāt


[with object] (usually be fascinated)
  • 1Draw irresistibly the attention and interest of (someone): I’ve always been fascinated by other cultures [with object]: she was fascinated to learn about this strange land
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    • 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 (a person or animal) of the ability to resist or escape by the power of a look or gaze: the serpent fascinates its prey


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

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