Fascinate Definition

fascinated, fascinates, fascinating
fascinated, fascinates
To hold the attention of by being very interesting or delightful; charm; captivate.
Webster's New World
To put under a spell; bewitch.
Webster's New World
To attract or hold motionless, as by a fixed look or by inspiring terror.
Webster's New World
To deprive of the ability to escape or move, usually by the power of a look. Used of serpents.
American Heritage
To capture and hold someone's interest and attention.
American Heritage

Origin of Fascinate

  • 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

  • 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

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