- 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.
- 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: ; 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
- fascinatingly adverb
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verb fas·ci·nat·ed, fas·ci·nat·ing, fas·ci·nates verb, transitive
- To hold an intense interest or attraction for. See Synonyms at charm.
- To hold motionless; spellbind.
- Obsolete To bewitch.
Origin: Latin fascināre, fascināt-, to cast a spell on, from fascinum, an evil spell, a phallic-shaped amulet.