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fas·ci·nate

 (făs′ə-nāt′)
v. fas·ci·nat·ed, fas·ci·nat·ing, fas·ci·nates
v.tr.
1. To capture and hold the interest and attention of. See Synonyms at charm.
2. Archaic To deprive of the ability to escape or move, usually by the power of a look. Used of serpents.
3. Obsolete To bewitch.
v.intr.
To capture and hold someone's interest and attention.

[Latin fascināre, fascināt-, to cast a spell on, from fascinum, an evil spell, a phallic-shaped amulet.]

fascinate

(ˈfæsɪˌneɪt)
vb (mainly tr)
1. to attract and delight by arousing interest or curiosity: his stories fascinated me for hours.
2. to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
3. archaic to put under a spell
[C16: from Latin fascināre, from fascinum a bewitching]
ˈfasciˌnatedly adv
ˌfasciˈnation n
ˈfascinative adj
Usage: A person can be fascinated by or with another person or thing. It is correct to speak of someone's fascination with a person or thing; one can also say a person or thing has a fascination for someone

fas•ci•nate

(ˈfæs əˌneɪt)

v. -nat•ed, -nat•ing. v.t.
1. to attract and hold attentively or immovably by a unique power or some unusual or special quality; enthrall; spellbind; transfix.
2. to arouse the interest or curiosity of; allure: Ancient Egypt has always fascinated me.
3. Obs. to bewitch.
v.i.
4. to capture the interest or grip the attention.
[1590–1600; < Latin fascinātus, past participle of fascināre to bewitch, cast a spell on, v. derivative of fascinum evil spell, bewitchment]
fas′ci•nat`ed•ly, adv.

fascinate

, fascinator - Fascinate is derived from Latin fascinare, "to bewitch or enchant," and a fascinator was a magician.
See also related terms for magician.

fascinate


Past participle: fascinated
Gerund: fascinating

Imperative
fascinate
fascinate
Present
I fascinate
you fascinate
he/she/it fascinates
we fascinate
you fascinate
they fascinate
Preterite
I fascinated
you fascinated
he/she/it fascinated
we fascinated
you fascinated
they fascinated
Present Continuous
I am fascinating
you are fascinating
he/she/it is fascinating
we are fascinating
you are fascinating
they are fascinating
Present Perfect
I have fascinated
you have fascinated
he/she/it has fascinated
we have fascinated
you have fascinated
they have fascinated
Past Continuous
I was fascinating
you were fascinating
he/she/it was fascinating
we were fascinating
you were fascinating
they were fascinating
Past Perfect
I had fascinated
you had fascinated
he/she/it had fascinated
we had fascinated
you had fascinated
they had fascinated
Future
I will fascinate
you will fascinate
he/she/it will fascinate
we will fascinate
you will fascinate
they will fascinate
Future Perfect
I will have fascinated
you will have fascinated
he/she/it will have fascinated
we will have fascinated
you will have fascinated
they will have fascinated
Future Continuous
I will be fascinating
you will be fascinating
he/she/it will be fascinating
we will be fascinating
you will be fascinating
they will be fascinating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been fascinating
you have been fascinating
he/she/it has been fascinating
we have been fascinating
you have been fascinating
they have been fascinating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been fascinating
you will have been fascinating
he/she/it will have been fascinating
we will have been fascinating
you will have been fascinating
they will have been fascinating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been fascinating
you had been fascinating
he/she/it had been fascinating
we had been fascinating
you had been fascinating
they had been fascinating
Conditional
I would fascinate
you would fascinate
he/she/it would fascinate
we would fascinate
you would fascinate
they would fascinate
Past Conditional
I would have fascinated
you would have fascinated
he/she/it would have fascinated
we would have fascinated
you would have fascinated
they would have fascinated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.fascinate - cause to be interested or curiousfascinate - cause to be interested or curious  
grab, seize - capture the attention or imagination of; "This story will grab you"; "The movie seized my imagination"
matter to, interest - be of importance or consequence; "This matters to me!"
2.fascinate - to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awefascinate - to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe; "The snake charmer fascinates the cobra"
interest - excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
3.fascinate - attractfascinate - attract; cause to be enamored; "She captured all the men's hearts"
hold - hold the attention of; "The soprano held the audience"; "This story held our interest"; "She can hold an audience spellbound"
attract, appeal - be attractive to; "The idea of a vacation appeals to me"; "The beautiful garden attracted many people"
work - gratify and charm, usually in order to influence; "the political candidate worked the crowds"

fascinate

verb entrance, delight, charm, absorb, intrigue, enchant, rivet, captivate, enthral, beguile, allure, bewitch, ravish, transfix, mesmerize, hypnotize, engross, enrapture, interest greatly, enamour, hold spellbound, spellbind, infatuate She fascinated him, on and off stage.
bore, disgust, irritate, alienate, sicken, jade, put you off, turn you off (informal), disenchant

fascinate

verb
1. To please greatly or irresistibly:
2. To compel, as the attention, interest, or imagination, of:
Slang: grab.
Translations
يَسْحَر، يَفْتَن
fascinovatokouzlit
betagefascinere
hrífa, heilla
apburtvaldzināt
navduševati
büyülemekhayran bırakmak

fascinate

[ˈfæsɪneɪt] VTfascinar
it fascinates me how/whyme maravilla cómo/por qué ...

fascinate

[ˈfæsɪneɪt] vt [+ person] → fasciner

fascinate

vtfaszinieren; (= enchant: skill, beauty, singer etc also) → begeistern, bezaubern; (= hold spellbound: book, film, magician also) → fesseln; old houses fascinate/this subject fascinates meich finde alte Häuser/dieses Gebiet hochinteressant or faszinierend; the audience watched/listened fascinateddas Publikum sah/hörte gebannt zu; it fascinates me how well he does these thingsich finde es erstaunlich, wie gut er das macht

fascinate

[ˈfæsɪˌneɪt] vtaffascinare
it fascinates me how/why ... → sono affascinato da come/perché...

fascinate

(ˈfӕsineit) verb
to charm; to attract or interest very strongly. She was fascinated by the strange clothes and customs of the country people.
ˈfascinating adjective
very charming, attractive or interesting. a fascinating story.
ˌfasciˈnation noun
1. the act of fascinating or state of being fascinated. the look of fascination on the children's faces.
2. the power of fascinating or something that has this. Old books have/hold a fascination for him.
References in classic literature ?
Something he had read in it seemed to fascinate him.
It might so fascinate him that he would hardly be restrained from plunging into the surging stream of human sympathies.
The next moment he was "showing off" with all his might -- cuffing boys, pulling hair, making faces -- in a word, using every art that seemed likely to fascinate a girl and win her applause.
We see through her smiles and her graces, and her stays and her padding -- she can't fascinate us
Having taken this precaution, he advanced slowly up the apartment towards the Jew, upon whom he kept his eye fixed, as if he wished to paralyze him with his glance, as some animals are said to fascinate their prey.
and other verses and burdens of the same sort, such as enchant when sung and fascinate when written.
The intensity of his look seemed to attract, and fascinate, and draw it onward more surely than if he had been towing it.
This woman is indeed exceedingly beautiful, able to fascinate the minds of the religious; so then keep your recollections straight
Milady looked at him for some time with an expression which the young man took for doubt, but which, however, was nothing but observation, or rather the wish to fascinate.
Yet even as it hung there before him it continued to fascinate him, and he stared at it, detached from surrounding things and feeling a little as if he had been pitched out of an overturned vehicle, till the boat bumped against one of the outstanding piles of the wharf at which Mrs.
The man's whole thoughts were absorbed by his wonderful kite, which he was showing off, in order to fascinate her imaginary rival, Mimi.
THERE be none of the affections, which have been noted to fascinate or bewitch, but love and envy.