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Definition of the verb fascinate

What does fascinate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: fascinated | fascinating | fascinates

  1. cause to be interested or curious
  2. to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
    • example: The snake charmer fascinates the cobra
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • synonyms of fascinate: grip / spellbind / transfix
    • more generic word: interest = excite the curiosity of
  3. attract; cause to be enamored

Alternative definition of the verb fascinate


  1. To evoke an intense interest or attraction in someone
  2. To make someone hold motionless; to spellbind
  3. To be irresistibly charming or attractive to


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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Fascinate

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Google previewComparatizing Taiwan (2014)

by Shu-mei Shih, Ping-hui Liao

As Kenner puts it, this time of Dubliners: One reason the quiet little stories in Dubliners continue to fascinate is that the narrative point of view unobtrusively fluctuates. The illusion of dispassionate portrayal seems attended by an iridescence ...

Google preview1,001 ASVAB AFQT Practice Questions For Dummies (2017)

by Angie Papple Johnston

Fascinate is a verb that means to draw attention and interest. C. combine.

Google previewChildren's Illustrated Dictionary (2014)

by DK

farm verb fascinate fascinates fascinating fascinated verb to interest someone so much that they ...

Google previewDictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms (1998)

by Martin Manser

charm, captivate , fascinate, enchant, inflame, endear, bewitch ant. repel, disgust, disenchant encamp v. camp, pitch, bivouac, settle, quarter ant. decamp, retire, retreat, advance, ...

Google previewSimon & Schuster Super Crossword Puzzle Dictionary And Reference Book (1999)

by Seth Godin, Lark Productions LLC, Seth Godin Productions

polish; 7 furbish, lacquer, smarten, varnish enamor: 5 catch, charm; 6 attach, endear, seduce, trance; 7 attract, becharm, beguile, bewitch, capture, enamour, enchant; 8 entrance; 9 captivate, enrapture, fascinate enamored: 4 gaga; 5 crazy, ...

Google previewA Thesaurus Dictionary of the English Language Designed to Suggest Immediately Any Desired Word Needed to Express Exactly a Given Idea (1906)

A Dictionary, Synonyms, Antonyms, Idioms, Foreign Phrases, Pronunciations, a Copious Correlation of Words by Francis Andrew March

To fascinate; please very much. Cherish. To hold dear; care for. Cherish a love for. To have a love for. Cling to. To adhere closely to. Curry favor with. To gain favor by means of flattery. Desire, etc. To long for eagerly and anxiously. See Dasnta ...

Google previewThe Doubleday Roget's Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (2009)

by Sidney L. Landau

fascinate fatness ant. heedless, rash, thoughtless, headstrong, improvident, careless. fascinate v. attract, captivate, enthrall, charm, engross, bewitch, enchant , transfix, seduce, enrapture. fascinating adj. enthralling, captivating, spellbinding, ...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of Word Origins (2010)

by Julia Cresswell

See also INTERLUDE fare, farewell see FORD farm see FIRM fart see FEISTY fascinate [L16th] 'Bewitch, put under a...

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Politicians fascinate because they constitute such a paradox; they are an elite that accomplishes mediocrity for the public good. (George Will)
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Scrabble value of F4A1S1C3I1N1A1T1E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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