Fascinate meaning

făsə-nāt
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.

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To capture and hold the interest and attention of.
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To attract or hold motionless, as by a fixed look or by inspiring terror.
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To hold the attention of by being very interesting or delightful; charm; captivate.
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(obs.) To put under a spell; bewitch.
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To capture and hold someone's interest and attention.
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To evoke an intense interest or attraction in someone.

The flickering TV fascinated the cat.

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To make someone hold motionless; to spellbind.

We were fascinated by the potter's skill.

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Her gait fascinates all men.

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(archaic) To deprive of the ability to escape or move, usually by the power of a look. Used of serpents.
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(obsolete) To bewitch.
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Origin of fascinate

  • Latin fascināre fascināt- to cast a spell on from fascinum an evil spell, a phallic-shaped amulet

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary