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fascinate

fas·ci·nate

fascinate

 
 
pronunciation:
fae sih neIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: fascinated, fascinates, fascinating
definition 1: to capture and hold the attention and interest of; spellbind.
Insects fascinated him as a child, and he would spend hours collecting and studying them.Many people are fascinated by crime, especially the crime of murder.
synonyms:
allure, bewitch, captivate, charm, enthrall, grip, spellbind
similar words:
attract, enchant, engross, entrance, hold, hypnotize, interest, intrigue, magnetize, mesmerize, rivet
definition 2: to deprive of the power to move or act; transfix.
The vampire fascinates his victims with his eyes.
similar words:
bewitch, freeze, hold, immobilize, mesmerize, overpower, restrain, rivet, transfix
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to arouse and hold attention and interest, as by charm or beauty.
A diamond has the power to fascinate.
synonyms:
allure, attract
similar words:
appeal, charm, grip
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derivation: fascinatedly (adv.)