- To fascinate is defined as to get someone very interested or to hold someone's attention.
When a movie captivates a child and he can't stop watching, this is an example of a situation where the movie fascinates the child.
transitive verbfascinated, fascinating
- Obsolete to put under a spell; bewitch
- to attract or hold motionless, as by a fixed look or by inspiring terror
- to hold the attention of by being very interesting or delightful; charm; captivate
Origin of fascinate; from Classical Latin fascinatus, past participle of fascinare, to bewitch, charm ; from fascinum, a charm ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps or akin to Classical Greek baskanos, sorcerer
verbfas·ci·nat·ed, fas·ci·nat·ing, fas·ci·nates
- To capture and hold the interest and attention of. See Synonyms at charm.
- Archaic To deprive of the ability to escape or move, usually by the power of a look. Used of serpents.
- Obsolete To bewitch.
Origin of fascinateLatin fascināre, fascināt-, to cast a spell on, from fascinum, an evil spell, a phallic-shaped amulet.
(third-person singular simple present fascinates, present participle fascinating, simple past and past participle fascinated)
From Latin fascinātus, perfect passive participle of fascinō (“enchant, bewitch, fascinate”), from fascinum (“a phallus-shaped amulet worn around the neck used in Ancient Rome; witchcraft”).