Definition of Fascinate

1. Verb. Cause to be interested or curious. "The performance is likely to fascinate Sue"

Exact synonyms: Intrigue
Specialized synonyms: Grab, Seize
Generic synonyms: Interest, Matter To
Derivative terms: Fascination, Fascination



2. Verb. To render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe. ; "The snake charmer fascinates the cobra"
Exact synonyms: Grip, Spellbind, Transfix
Generic synonyms: Interest
Derivative terms: Fascination, Fascination, Grip, Spellbinder

3. Verb. Attract; cause to be enamored. "The performance is likely to fascinate Sue"; "She captured all the men's hearts"

Definition of Fascinate

1. v. t. To influence in an uncontrollable manner; to operate on by some powerful or irresistible charm; to bewitch; to enchant.

Definition of Fascinate

1. Verb. To evoke an intense interest or attraction in someone ¹

2. Verb. To make someone hold motionless; to spellbind ¹

3. Verb. To be irresistibly charming or attractive to ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Fascinate

1. [v -NATED, -NATING, -NATES]

Medical Definition of Fascinate

1. 1. To influence in an uncontrollable manner; to operate on by some powerful or irresistible charm; to bewitch; to enchant. "It has been almost universally believed that . . . Serpents can stupefy and fascinate the prey which they are desirous to obtain." (Griffith (Cuvier)) 2. To excite and allure irresistibly or powerfully; to charm; to captivate, as by physical or mental charms. " there be none of the passions that have been noted to fascinate or bewhich but love and envy." (Bacon) Synonym: To charm, enrapture, captivate, enchant, bewitch, attract. Origin: L. Fascinare; cf. Gr. To slander, bewitch. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Fascinate

fasciculus rotundus
fasciculus semilunaris
fasciculus septomarginalis
fasciculus solitarius
fasciculus subcallosus
fasciculus thalamicus
fasciculus thalamomamillaris
fasciculus uncinatus
fasciectomies
fasciectomy
fasciitis
fasciitises
fascin
fascina
fascinance
fascinate (current term)
fascinated
fascinates
fascinating
fascinatingly
fascination
fascinations
fascinator
fascinators
fascine
fascine roll
fascines
fascinoma
fascinomas
fascinous

Literary usage of Fascinate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. English Synonymes Explained in Alphabetical Order by George Crabb (1826)
"Fascinait, as nell as the others, is taken in the improper sense : charm, enchant, and fascinate, are employed to describe moral as well as natural ..."

2. The Quarterly Review by John Gibson Lockhart, George Walter Prothero, William Gifford, Sir John Taylor Coleridge, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, Baron Rowland Edmund Prothero Ernle, Sir William Smith (1902)
"... at first bewilders and estranges; in the other, whilst retaining its richness and its savour, it has shed whatever fails to allure and to fascinate. ..."

3. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1853)
"So the Captain resolved to fascinate Lady Lee, and viewed the design with the calm confidence of a powerful mesmerist about to set to work upon a subject of ..."

4. History of the Romans Under the Empire: With a Copious Analytical Index by Charles Merivale (1866)
"CLEOPATRA SEEKS TO fascinate OCTAVIUS. - BEING RESERVED TO GRACE HIS TRIUMPH SHE ESCAPES BY SELF-DESTRUCTION. ..."

5. History of the Romans Under the Empire by Charles Merivale (1865)
"The battle of Actium, and rout of the Antonians.—Feeble attempt at resistance in Egypt.—Antonius kills himself.—Cleopatra seeks to fascinate Octavius Being ..."

6. Woman: In All Ages and in All Countries by Edward Bagby Pollard, Mitchell Carroll, Alfred Brittain, Pierce Butler, John Robert Effinger, Hugo Paul Thieme, Hermann Schoenfeld, Bartlett Burleigh James, John Ruse Larus (1908)
"... who formed a galaxy of youth and beauty about Louise of Savoy, and were by her used to fascinate her son and thus distract him from affairs of state. ..."

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