Definitions for: Fascinate


[v] attract; cause to be enamored; "She captured all the men's hearts"
[v] to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe; "The eye of the Ancient Mariner fascinated the wedding guest." Burton; "The serpent fascinates its prey,..by the power of his eyes." Todd & Bowman
[v] cause to be interested or curious



Webster (1913) Definition: Fas"ci*nate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fascinated, p.
pr. & vb. n.. Fascinating.] [L. fascinare; cf. Gr.
?????????? to slander, bewitch.]
1. To influence in an uncontrollable manner; to operate on by
some powerful or irresistible charm; to bewitch; to
enchant.

It has been almost universally believed that . . .
serpents can stupefy and fascinate the prey which
they are desirous to obtain. --Griffith
(Cuvier).

2. To excite and allure irresistibly or powerfully; to charm;
to captivate, as by physical or mental charms.

there be none of the passions that have been noted
to fascinate or bewhich but love and envy. --Bacon.

Syn: To charm; enrapture; captivate; enchant; bewitch;
attract.

Synonyms: becharm, beguile, bewitch, captivate, capture, catch, charm, enamor, enamour, enchant, entrance, grip, intrigue, spellbind, trance, transfix

See Also: appeal, attract, grab, hold, interest, interest, matter to, seize, work

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