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Definition of "fascinate" []

  • To hold an intense interest or attraction for. See Synonyms at charm. (verb-transitive)
  • To hold motionless; spellbind. (verb-transitive)
  • Obsolete To bewitch. (verb-transitive)
  • To be irresistibly charming or attractive. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "fascinate" in a sentence
  • "The word fascinate comes from a Latin word meaning "spell" or "witchcraft.""
  • "It is interesting that the root of the word 'fascinate' comes from the French, 'fasciner' meaning to entrance or charm, as in witchcraft, while our modern usage of the term still relates to the meaning, to be bewitched or held spell bound."
  • "People like Rove and his cronies both horrify and fascinate, which is why they get any attention at all."