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fascinate

verb

  1. (matter to)  to cause to be interested or curious
    Synonyms: intrigue. Type of: matter to
  2. (transfix)  to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
    Synonyms: grip, spellbind, transfix. Type of: interest
  3. (attract)  to attract; to cause to be enamored
    Synonyms: becharm, beguile, bewitch, captivate, capture, catch, charm, enamor [American spelling],...

Etymology summary

"bewitch, enchant", from Middle French fasciner (14th century), from Latin...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Fascinate
(Coordinates: 59.38139°N 17.90944°E)

a graffiti painting at an industrial park in Bromsten, Stockholm. Fascinate was created by Circle and Tarik, then 17 years old, in 1989 and was then the largest graffiti painting in northern Europe. It's painted on an outside wall of an industrial ... (42 of 289 words, 1 image)

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Collins Dictionary:

fascinate | fascinatedly [adverb, derived]

to attract and delight by arousing interest or curiosity | to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe | [archaic] to put ... (26 of 537 words, 3 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/fascinate

Merriam-Webster:

fascinate | fascinated [past tense] | fascinating [present participle] | allure [synonym, sense-specific] | bewitch [synonym, sense-specific] | beguile [synonym, sense-specific] | captivate [synonym, sense-specific] | enchant [synonym, sense-specific] | charm [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[obsolete] "bewitch" | to transfix and hold spellbound by an irresistible power ; to command the interest of; "allure" | to be irresistibly attractive (22 of 156 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/fascinate

Oxford Dictionary:

fascinate

attract the strong attention and interest of (someone) | [archaic] : (especially of a snake) deprive (prey) of the ability to resist or escape by the ... (25 of 109 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/fascinate

Random House Dictionary:

fascinate | fascinated [past tense] | fascinating [present participle]

to attract and hold attentively by a unique power, personal charm, unusual nature, or some other special quality; enthrall. | to arouse the interest ... (23 of 85 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/fascinate

New World Dictionary:

fascinate | fascinated [past tense] | fascinating [present participle] | fascinatingly [adverb, related]

[obsolete] to put under a spell; bewitch | to attract or hold motionless, as by a fixed look or by inspiring terror | to hold the attention of by ... (27 of 63 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fascinate

American Heritage Dictionary:

fascinate | fascinated [past tense] | fascinating [present participle] | fascinates [3rd-person singular present]

To hold an intense interest or attraction for. | To hold motionless; spellbind. | [obsolete] To bewitch. | To be irresistibly charming or attractive. (21 of 52 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fascinate

Macmillan British Dictionary:

fascinate [transitive] | fascinated [past tense] | fascinating [present participle] | fascinates [3rd-person singular present]

to attract and interest you very strongly (7 of 44 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/fascinate

Wiktionary:

fascinate | fascinated [past tense] | fascinating [present participle] | fascinates [3rd-person singular present]

To evoke an intense interest or attraction in someone | To make someone hold motionless; to spellbind | To be irresistibly charming or attractive to (23 of 24 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/fascinate

Cambridge Dictionary:

fascinate

to interest someone a lot (5 of 22 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/fascinate

Encarta Dictionary:

fascinate | fascinated [past tense] | fascinating [present participle] | fascinates [3rd-person singular present]

to hold somebody's attention completely or irresistibly | to make somebody or something unable to move, especially out of fear (19 of 72 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861610567​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

fascinate

First use: 1590s

Origin: "bewitch, enchant", from Middle French fasciner (14th century), from Latin fascinatus, past participle of fascinare "bewitch, ... (17 of 101 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=fascinate

Wiktionary:

fascinate | fascinated [past tense] | fascinating [present participle] | fascinates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: 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").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/fascinate

New World Dictionary:

fascinate | fascinated [past tense] | fascinating [present participle]

Origin: Latin fascinatus, past participle of fascinare, to bewitch, charm from fascinum, a charm from perhaps or akin to Greek baskanos, sorcerer

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Oxford Dictionary:

fascinate

First use: late 16th century

Origin: (in the sense "bewitch"): from Latin fascinat- "bewitched", from the verb fascinare, from fascinum "spell, witchcraft"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/fascinate

American Heritage Dictionary:

fascinate | fascinated [past tense] | fascinating [present participle] | fascinates [3rd-person singular present]

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

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Merriam-Webster:

fascinate | fascinated [past tense] | fascinating [present participle]

First use: 1598

Origin: Latin fascinatus, past participle of fascinare, from fascinum evil spell

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/fascinate

Collins Dictionary:

fascinate

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin fascināre, from fascinum a bewitching

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/fascinate

Encarta Dictionary:

fascinate | fascinated [past tense] | fascinating [present participle] | fascinates [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Latin fascinat-, past participle of fascinare "bewitch" from fascinum "spell, witchcraft"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861610567​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

fascinate

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "fascinate"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

fascinate [transitive] | fascinated [past tense] | fascinating [present participle] | fascinates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "fascinate"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

fascinate [transitive] | fascinated [past tense] | fascinating [present participle] | fascinates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "fascinate"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/fascinate

Cambridge Dictionary:

fascinate

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "fascinate"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "fascinate"

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the Free Dictionary:

fascinate

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "fascinate"

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Google Dictionary:

fascinate | fascinated [past tense] | fascinating [present participle] | fascinates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "fascinate"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

fascinate

Audio: North American pronunciation of "fascinate"

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YourDictionary Audio:

fascinate

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "fascinate" by speech synthesizer

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