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FASCINATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fascinate mean? 

FASCINATE (verb)
  The verb FASCINATE has 3 senses:

1. cause to be interested or curious
2. to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
3. attract; cause to be enamored

  Familiarity information: FASCINATE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FASCINATE (verb)


Sense 1fascinate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to be interested or curious

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

fascinate; intrigue

Hypernyms (to "fascinate" is one way to...):

interest; matter to (be of importance or consequence)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fascinate"):

grab; seize (capture the attention or imagination of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 2fascinate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

transfix; spellbind; fascinate; grip

Context example:

The snake charmer fascinates the cobra

Hypernyms (to "fascinate" is one way to...):

interest (excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 3fascinate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Attract; cause to be enamored

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

trance; bewitch; captivate; entrance; charm; enamor; enamour; becharm; enchant; capture; beguile; fascinate; catch

Context example:

She captured all the men's hearts

Hypernyms (to "fascinate" is one way to...):

appeal; attract (be attractive to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "fascinate"):

hold (hold the attention of)

work (gratify and charm, usually in order to influence)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The performance is likely to fascinate Sue


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