Definition of infatuate in English:



  • Be inspired with an intense but short-lived passion or admiration for.

    ‘she is infatuated with a handsome police chief’
    ‘an infatuated teenager’
    • ‘Poor Nathan was smitten - completely infatuated with Amelia Dawson.’
    • ‘He decide to teach a lesson to the poor kid he'd become infatuated with for ‘spurning’ his advances.’
    • ‘I remember back at fifth grade; young and still innocent, I was already infatuated with him then.’
    • ‘But someone new who is infatuated with you gives you a very attractive image of yourself.’
    • ‘Still a teenager, Lou became infatuated with her newfound benefactor and yielded to his seductions.’
    • ‘I was infatuated with a man that I had no business looking at twice.’
    • ‘The victim had consistently refused to have any contact with the youth, who had become infatuated with her.’
    • ‘I was totally infatuated with him, because he was cute and popular.’
    • ‘Alex becomes intensely infatuated with a female executive, while Victoria continues to befriend a classmate in crisis.’
    • ‘She became infatuated with the handsome Fergus and he was able to elicit the secret of his opponent's strength.’
    • ‘It was obvious everyone who met her was infatuated with her.’
    • ‘He becomes perhaps unhealthily infatuated with her.’
    • ‘Well, it was time for lunch and maybe Kate and Marie could provide some information about this guy she was so infatuated with.’
    • ‘I stifled a laugh - he'd only known this girl for a couple days, and she looked like she was infatuated with him already.’
    • ‘I don't think he actually listened to the song, though - it's basically about a girl who is infatuated with a gay guy.’
    • ‘According to friends and family members, Ramos became infatuated with Gaitan and tried to emulate the way he walked and talked.’
    • ‘No doubt to occupy myself, I became infatuated with a woman on my floor.’
    • ‘If I'm not infatuated with the lady, then I don't continue to date her.’
    • ‘I was positively infatuated with him, thinking about him day and night.’
    • ‘In its place, there was a vibrant, infatuated teenager who had a date with another, perhaps slightly more sensible teenager.’
    besotted, in love, love-struck, head over heels in love, hopelessly in love, obsessed, taken
    passionate about, consumed with desire for, very attracted to, devoted to, charmed by, captivated by, enchanted by, beguiled by, bewitched by, fascinated by, enraptured by, under the spell of, hypnotized by
    smitten with, sweet on, keen on, gone on, mad about, wild about, crazy about, nuts about, potty about, stuck on, hung up on, turned on by, swept off one's feet by, bowled over by, carrying a torch for
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Mid 16th century: from Latin infatuat- made foolish, from the verb infatuare, from in- into + fatuus foolish.