Definition of dazzle in US English:



[with object]
  • 1(of a bright light) blind (a person) temporarily.

    ‘she was dazzled by the headlights’
    • ‘The bright light of the corridor dazzled her as it always did when she came out of the darkroom, but she didn't care.’
    • ‘The moon twinkled off the water, dazzling me, blinding me for a moment.’
    • ‘In midday sun it was so bright it dazzled the eyes.’
    • ‘The lights dazzled her, before being silenced by darkness.’
    • ‘Oh, to relive all those golden memories of nights spent with our eyes dazzled by flickering light, our shoes stuck to the floor.’
    • ‘The sun had long since set, and now the headlights of passing vehicles dazzled eyes used to the blackness.’
    • ‘When Andrew pushed open the door to the club, the noise cranked up twentyfold, and the lights briefly dazzled him.’
    • ‘The loud music pounded against my eardrums and reverberated through my body, while the strobe and laser lights dazzled my violet eyes.’
    • ‘Another possibility is that Mr Rogers was momentarily dazzled by the lights of oncoming traffic.’
    • ‘Airanrod's eyes were dazzled by the decorations of the Entrance Hall.’
    • ‘An ocean of Paris lay before her, lights dazzling her eyes as she looked over them, and a small smile found its way to her face.’
    • ‘A prism reflected in the light catches his attention, momentarily dazzling his eyes.’
    • ‘A huge, dark shape passed by - the bright lights dazzled my eyes, shining from between parallel bars.’
    • ‘Upon opening it he stepped into the room only to be dazzled by orange light.’
    • ‘Automatic dimming mirrors, which protect the driver from being dazzled by the lights of a car behind, are increasingly popular on new cars.’
    • ‘The early autumn sunlight dazzled her eyes when she stepped from the porch.’
    • ‘Poor Mayor Collins must be well and truly dazzled by now from the glare of paparazzi camera flashes.’
    • ‘An explosion of colour and light dazzled the crowd during the traditional fireworks display at the family concert.’
    • ‘He was still under the spell of the performance, his eyes dazzled by the long hours under the spotlights.’
    • ‘Her eyes were dazzled with an infinite number of little pinpricks of light.’
    blind temporarily, deprive of sight
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    1. 1.1 Amaze or overwhelm (someone) with a particular impressive quality.
      ‘I was dazzled by the beauty and breadth of the exhibition’
      • ‘Ice carver Flint Edwards dazzled the crowd with his skill.’
      • ‘He had made a favorable impression on the Nowair family, who were a little dazzled by his distinguished ancestry.’
      • ‘John Young dazzled - and perhaps overwhelmed - Smith with his discussions of lunar science.’
      • ‘She uses the English language as a tool to communicate rather than dazzle or astonish the reader.’
      • ‘Thus his theatre does not attempt to dazzle or overwhelm the individual sensibility, but to stimulate it to new insights and sympathies.’
      • ‘His early poetry was a cascade of images and language that dazzled and overpowered his readers.’
      • ‘He's one of the few players who still can dazzle defenses with his moves.’
      • ‘He stood more than twice her size, yet she showed no fear of him, nor did she seem dazzled by his beauty.’
      • ‘I've stopped in Greenland at least 100 times over the last 25 years, and I'm still dazzled by the stark, primitive beauty of the place.’
      • ‘For a long time, Irving used his streetwise independence to dazzle career academics with the arcane quality of his research.’
      • ‘Strategically, too, Napoleon dazzled and overwhelmed his opponents with a series of brisk, bold manoeuvres.’
      • ‘Tonight's performance will dazzle and amaze you!’
      • ‘The vampire dropped to the floor, dazzling James with her beauty.’
      • ‘Tribe from Cape Town dazzled the crowd with their mainstream jazz with African influences.’
      • ‘For one thing, a car that moves on its own no longer dazzles audiences.’
      • ‘Where the graphics impressed in the original, they simply dazzle in the sequel.’
      • ‘Both are at their most brilliant - there's no one to touch them - doing dazzling stream-of-consciousness riffs on the radio.’
      • ‘The companies that dazzle us the most are those that strike out in bold new directions with each new work.’
      • ‘We are dazzled by the exotic regalia in which Indian rulers impressed the British court.’
      • ‘At the Summer Olympics, which begin in Athens, Greece, next week, the world's elite athletes will once again dazzle us with their almost superhuman qualities.’
      overpower, overcome, overwhelm, impress, bedazzle, strike, move, stir, affect, touch, sweep someone off their feet, awe, overawe, leave speechless, take someone's breath away, spellbind, hypnotize, fascinate, take aback, daze, stagger, floor, amaze, astonish
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    2. 1.2archaic no object (of the eyes) be affected by a bright light.
      ‘my eyes dazzled and I could not move’
      • ‘He has been used to a dark room, and dark clothes, and his eyes dazzle at a satin suit.’
      • ‘Emerging from the shadow into the bright sunshine on the old bridge, his eyes dazzled and he stumbled on the cobbles.’
      • ‘My eyes dazzled at the owl's brilliant diamond filled body and shiny ruby eyes.’


  • Brightness that confuses someone's vision temporarily.

    in singular ‘a dazzle of green and red spotlights’
    • ‘The dazzle of technology benefits doctors more than it does patients.’
    • ‘Add a light sprinkling of glitter gel for added dazzle or jazz up the sides or back with hair jewels.’
    • ‘In the morning it wakes me up to the sparkle and dazzle of the sea, and the gleaming stretch of beach, not yet crowded with slick brown bodies.’
    • ‘How empty is all their dazzle without imagination.’
    • ‘The pianistic dazzle towards the end was stunning.’
    • ‘It sent the cave in to a sparkling blue dazzle, as the walls were made of a sapphire like stone.’
    • ‘Glamour and dazzle are more your style - so an evening that starts out in a limousine would be perfect.’
    • ‘USA Today felt that the film is long on visual dazzle but short on warmth, and the humor is excessively raunchy for a family film’.’
    • ‘And she wasn't the only model with extra dazzle.’
    • ‘The event finally brings its digital dazzle and street-level cool to Montreal’
    • ‘All this multimedia dazzle would come to nothing (and, in fact, almost does, thanks to tonight's local power failure) if it weren't for the quality of the performances.’
    • ‘I need to constantly remind myself where I came from; I don't want to forget that because it is very easy to forget in the whole dazzle and the glamour of my job.’
    • ‘Today was quite a lovely day, filled with dazzle and spectacle.’
    • ‘Add dazzle to your tweed, wool or leather suit with a bright-colored camisole underneath.’
    • ‘So Riley is not all eye-searing dazzle; the relentless intensity of her paintings has not restricted its range of feeling.’
    • ‘Among all this dazzle and muscle, Mitchell still finds time for his brand of geek humour.’
    • ‘This blackly comic theme is handled with Wilde's characteristic dazzle and wit.’
    • ‘Stretching west and south of the Great Salt Lake, the Bonneville Salt Flats are known for their parched, blinding summertime dazzle.’
    • ‘It wasn't Oscar's best work - low on razzle and with a noticeable dearth of dazzle.’
    • ‘What the 131st lacks in intelligent dazzle, it makes up for in bulk and an ingratiating earnest of good will.’
    glare, flare, blaze, brightness, brilliance, gleam, flash, shimmer, radiance, shine
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Late 15th century (in the sense ‘be dazzled’): frequentative of the verb daze.