Definition of fascinate in English:

fascinate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Attract the strong attention and interest of (someone):

    ‘I've always been fascinated by computers’
    ‘a crowd of fascinated onlookers’
    • ‘I blinked furiously, quite fascinated by the fact she's being so open with me.’
    • ‘It reminds me of another frighteningly different culture which nonetheless fascinates us.’
    • ‘You will never know what is on their mind, and you may not have any idea where you stand with them, but their secrets will always fascinate you.’
    • ‘I will be graduating this year and I am absolutely fascinated with the idea of working in this field.’
    • ‘Foreign cultures and languages fascinate you.’
    • ‘Perhaps it is this very drama that provides the attraction that continues to fascinate military historians.’
    • ‘Why are artists so fascinated with old video games?’
    • ‘I believe it's an extremely rare quality; that's why I'm particularly fascinated by the idea.’
    • ‘I'm always fascinated to hear from people of other denominations, countries and faiths.’
    • ‘This type of climbing will always fascinate me.’
    • ‘He was especially fascinated to learn more about Vikings.’
    • ‘Weather has always fascinated me, so this movie is my wildest dream come true.’
    • ‘We editors stand back and watch, always fascinated to see what gets entered and what gets chosen.’
    • ‘I was genuinely fascinated to hear what the explanation was going to be.’
    • ‘Microcosms fascinate me, captivate me and draw me to their limited but complete spaces.’
    • ‘A certain type of film has always excited and fascinated me and I can watch them over and over again.’
    • ‘Mountains will always fascinate man; the temptation to conquer them is probably somewhere within most of us.’
    • ‘But I'm still fascinated by that story.’
    • ‘That idea, of walking on the same ground as generations past, is one which has always fascinated me.’
    • ‘Why are people so fascinated by gender differences in the first place?’
    engross, captivate, absorb, interest, enchant, beguile, bewitch, enthral, enrapture, entrance, hold spellbound, transfix, rivet, mesmerize, hypnotize, spellbind, occupy, engage, compel
    allure, lure, tempt, entice, draw, tantalize
    charm, attract, intrigue, delight, divert, entertain, amuse
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    1. 1.1archaic (especially of a snake) deprive (prey) of the ability to resist or escape by the power of a gaze:
      ‘the serpent fascinates its prey’

Origin

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘bewitch’): from Latin fascinat- bewitched, from the verb fascinare, from fascinum spell, witchcraft.

Pronunciation:

fascinate

/ˈfasɪneɪt/