Definition of fascinate in English:

fascinate

verb

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

    ‘I've always been fascinated by computers’
    ‘a crowd of fascinated onlookers’
    • ‘Why are people so fascinated by gender differences in the first place?’
    • ‘A certain type of film has always excited and fascinated me and I can watch them over and over again.’
    • ‘This type of climbing will always fascinate me.’
    • ‘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 blinked furiously, quite fascinated by the fact she's being so open with me.’
    • ‘Mountains will always fascinate man; the temptation to conquer them is probably somewhere within most of us.’
    • ‘Microcosms fascinate me, captivate me and draw me to their limited but complete spaces.’
    • ‘Weather has always fascinated me, so this movie is my wildest dream come true.’
    • ‘He was especially fascinated to learn more about Vikings.’
    • ‘It reminds me of another frighteningly different culture which nonetheless fascinates us.’
    • ‘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 was genuinely fascinated to hear what the explanation was going to be.’
    • ‘I'm always fascinated to hear from people of other denominations, countries and faiths.’
    • ‘I will be graduating this year and I am absolutely fascinated with the idea of working in this field.’
    • ‘That idea, of walking on the same ground as generations past, is one which has always fascinated me.’
    • ‘We editors stand back and watch, always fascinated to see what gets entered and what gets chosen.’
    • ‘But I'm still fascinated by that story.’
    • ‘I believe it's an extremely rare quality; that's why I'm particularly fascinated by the idea.’
    engross, captivate, absorb, interest, enchant, beguile, bewitch, enthral, enrapture, entrance, hold spellbound, transfix, rivet, mesmerize, hypnotize, spellbind, occupy, engage, compel
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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/