To fascinate is defined as to get someone very interested or to hold someone's attention.(verb)
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.
See fascinate in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < L fascinatus, pp. of fascinare, to bewitch, charm < fascinum, a charm < ? or akin to Gr baskanos, sorcerer
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verb fas·ci·nat·ed, fas·ci·nat·ing, fas·ci·nates verb, transitive
Origin: Latin fascināre, fascināt-, to cast a spell on
Origin: , from fascinum, an evil spell, a phallic-shaped amulet.
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