Definition of fascinate in US English:

fascinate

verb

[with object]usually be fascinated
  • 1Draw irresistibly the attention and interest of (someone)

    ‘I've always been fascinated by other cultures’
    with object ‘she was fascinated to learn about this strange land’
    • ‘I was genuinely fascinated to hear what the explanation was going to be.’
    • ‘Mountains will always fascinate man; the temptation to conquer them is probably somewhere within most of us.’
    • ‘Foreign cultures and languages fascinate you.’
    • ‘Why are artists so fascinated with old video games?’
    • ‘We editors stand back and watch, always fascinated to see what gets entered and what gets chosen.’
    • ‘I believe it's an extremely rare quality; that's why I'm particularly fascinated by the idea.’
    • ‘This type of climbing will always fascinate me.’
    • ‘Why are people so fascinated by gender differences in the first place?’
    • ‘That idea, of walking on the same ground as generations past, is one which has always fascinated me.’
    • ‘But I'm still fascinated by that story.’
    • ‘I will be graduating this year and I am absolutely fascinated with the idea of working in this field.’
    • ‘Microcosms fascinate me, captivate me and draw me to their limited but complete spaces.’
    • ‘I blinked furiously, quite fascinated by the fact she's being so open with me.’
    • ‘Perhaps it is this very drama that provides the attraction that continues to fascinate military historians.’
    • ‘Weather has always fascinated me, so this movie is my wildest dream come true.’
    • ‘I'm always fascinated to hear from people of other denominations, countries and faiths.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A certain type of film has always excited and fascinated me and I can watch them over and over again.’
    • ‘He was especially fascinated to learn more about Vikings.’
    • ‘It reminds me of another frighteningly different culture which nonetheless fascinates us.’
    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 (a person or animal) of the ability to resist or escape by the power of a look or 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

/ˈfasəˌnāt//ˈfæsəˌneɪt/