Fascinate

  • 1 Fascinate — Fas ci*nate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fascinated}, p. pr. & vb. n.. {Fascinating}.] [L. fascinare; cf. Gr. ?????????? to slander, bewitch.] 1. To influence in an uncontrollable manner; to operate on by some powerful or irresistible charm; to bewitch; …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 fascinate — (v.) 1590s, bewitch, enchant, from M.Fr. fasciner (14c.), from L. fascinatus, pp. of fascinare bewitch, enchant, fascinate, from fascinus spell, witchcraft, of uncertain origin. Possibly from Gk. baskanos bewitcher, sorcerer, with form influenced …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 fascinate — index immerse (engross), interest, occupy (engage) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 fascinate — charm, bewitch, enchant, captivate, allure, *attract Analogous words: influence, impress, *affect, sway, strike, touch: delight, rejoice, gladden, *please …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 fascinate — [v] captivate, hold spellbound absorb, allure, animate, arouse, attach, attract, beguile, bewitch, charm, compel, delight, draw, enamor, enchant, engage, engross, enrapture, enslave, ensnare, enthrall, entice, entrance, excite, fire, gladden,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 fascinate — ► VERB ▪ irresistibly attract the interest of. DERIVATIVES fascinating adjective fascinatingly adverb fascination noun. ORIGIN Latin fascinare bewitch , from fascinum spell, witchcraft …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 fascinate — [fas′ə nāt΄] vt. fascinated, fascinating [< L fascinatus, pp. of fascinare, to bewitch, charm < fascinum, a charm < ? or akin to Gr baskanos, sorcerer] 1. Obs. to put under a spell; bewitch 2. to attract or hold motionless, as by a fixed …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 fascinate */ — UK [ˈfæsɪneɪt] / US [ˈfæsɪˌneɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms fascinate : present tense I/you/we/they fascinate he/she/it fascinates present participle fascinating past tense fascinated past participle fascinated to attract and interest you very… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 fascinate — verb (fascinated; fascinating) Etymology: Latin fascinatus, past participle of fascinare, from fascinum evil spell Date: 1598 transitive verb 1. obsolete bewitch 2. a. to transfix and hold spellbound by an irresistible power …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 fascinate — [16] To fascinate somebody is literally to ‘bewitch’ them. The word comes from the past participle of the Latin verb fascināre, which was a derivative of fascinum ‘witchcraft’. The Roman phallic deity, incidentally, was named Fascinus, because an …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 11 fascinate — [16] To fascinate somebody is literally to ‘bewitch’ them. The word comes from the past participle of the Latin verb fascināre, which was a derivative of fascinum ‘witchcraft’. The Roman phallic deity, incidentally, was named Fascinus, because an …

    Word origins

  • 12 fascinate — fascinatedly, adv. fascinative, adj. /fas euh nayt /, v., fascinated, fascinating. v.t. 1. to attract and hold attentively by a unique power, personal charm, unusual nature, or some other special quality; enthrall: a vivacity that fascinated the… …

    Universalium

  • 13 fascinate — Synonyms and related words: absorb, absorb the attention, affect, affect the interest, allure, appeal, arrest, attract, becharm, beguile, bewitch, captivate, carry away, cast a spell, catch, catch up, charm, concern, delectate, delight, draw,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 14 fascinate — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. charm, entrance, captivate, enthrall, intrigue, interest, enchant, bewitch, ravish, enrapture, beguile, delight, overpower, subdue, enslave, please, attract, compel, lure, allure, seduce, entice, tempt, ensnare, draw,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 fascinate — 01. The children were [fascinated] by the film showing two lions fighting over a dead zebra. 02. Hannah was [fascinated] by Joshua, and followed him everywhere. 03. The little girl s eyes grew bigger and bigger as she stared at the toy robot with …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 16 fascinate — fas|ci|nate [ˈfæsıneıt] v [T not in progressive] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: fascinatus, from fascinum use of (evil) magic ] if someone or something fascinates you, you are attracted to them and think they are extremely interesting ▪ The… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 fascinate — fas|ci|nate [ fæsı,neıt ] verb transitive * to attract and interest you very strongly: It s a subject that has always fascinated me …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 fascinate — [[t]fæ̱sɪneɪt[/t]] fascinates, fascinating, fascinated VERB If something fascinates you, it interests and delights you so much that your thoughts tend to concentrate on it. [V n] Politics fascinated Franklin s father... [V n] She fascinated him,… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 fascinate — fas·ci·nate || fæsɪneɪt v. enchant, charm; captivate, attract …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 fascinate — verb 1》 irresistibly attract the interest of. 2》 archaic deprive (prey) of the ability to resist or escape by the power of a gaze. Derivatives fascinating adjective fascinatingly adverb fascinator noun Origin C16: from L. fascinat , fascinare… …

    English new terms dictionary