Verb fascinate Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


fascinate (third-person singular simple present fascinates, present participle fascinating, simple past and past participle fascinated)

  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

More definition: attract and hold attentively by a unique power, personal charm, unusual nature, or some other special quality; enthrall, a vivacity that fascinated the audience. arouse the interest or curiosity of; allure. transfix or deprive of the power of resistance, as through terror, The sight of the snake fascinated the rabbit.

4.Obsolete. to bewitch.

5.Obsolete. to cast under a spell by a look. capture the interest or hold the attention.

1. to attract and delight by arousing interest or curiosity, his stories fascinated me for hours

2. to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe

3. (archaic) to put under a spell Derived Formsfascinatedly, adverbfascination, nounfascinative, adjective Usage noteA person can be fascinated by or with another person or thing. It is correct to speak of someone's fascination with a person or thing; one can also say a person or thing has a fascination for someone Word OriginC16, from Latin fascināre, from fascinum a bewitchingCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1590s, "bewitch, enchant," from Middle French fasciner (14c.), from Latin fascinatus, past participle of fascinare "bewitch, enchant, fascinate," from fascinus "spell, witchcraft," of uncertain origin. Possibly from Greek baskanos "bewitcher, sorcerer," with form influenced by Latin fari "speak" (see fame (n.)).The Greek word might be from a Thracian equivalent of Greek phaskein "to say;" cf. also enchant, and German besprechen "to charm," from sprechen "to speak." Earliest used of witches and of serpents, who were said to be able to cast a spell by a look that rendered one unable to move or resist. Sense of "delight, attract" is first recorded 181

5. Related, Fascinated; fascinating.


The sky was sparkly enough to fascinate her.

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