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v. fas·ci·nat·ed, fas·ci·nat·ing, fas·ci·nates
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.
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.]


attracted and delighted


If you are fascinated by something or fascinated with it, you find it very interesting.

He was fascinated by films as a child.
He became fascinated with their whole way of life.

You can also say that you are fascinated by a person.

At first Rita was fascinated by him.

You do not use words such as 'very' or 'extremely' in front of fascinated. If you find something very interesting indeed, you can say that you are absolutely fascinated or deeply fascinated by it.

Dr Shaw had been absolutely fascinated by a print on her wall.
He was deeply fascinated by war.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fascinated - having your attention fixated as though by a spellfascinated - having your attention fixated as though by a spell
enchanted - influenced as by charms or incantations


adjective entranced, charmed, absorbed, very interested, captivated, hooked on, enthralled, beguiled, smitten, bewitched, engrossed, spellbound, infatuated, hypnotized, under a spell I sat on the stairs and watched, fascinated.


[ˈfæsɪneɪtɪd] ADJfascinado
to be fascinated with sthestar fascinado por algo


[ˈfæsɪneɪtɪd] adj [person] (by sight, spectacle)fasciné(e)
to be fascinated by sth/sb → être fasciné(e) par qch/qn
As a child I was fascinated by history
BUT Quand j'étais petit l'histoire me fascinait.
to be fascinated with sb/sth → être fasciné(e) par qn/qch
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Scene after scene, the reader fascinatedly watches the appalling degrading of King Lear's identity, depicted with so much craftsmanship by the Elizabethan playwright.
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It offers the disturbing but provocative suggestion that the hard-boiled corpse - the thing that provides the mystery and seems therefore most intimately bound to a temporality of narrative recuperation - is also and at the same time that which erodes that temporality, dysfunctionalizes pleasure, fixates us fascinatedly on a moment of brute and irrecoverable loss.