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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fascinating mean? 

FASCINATING (adjective)
  The adjective FASCINATING has 2 senses:

1. capable of arousing and holding the attention
2. capturing interest as if by a spell

  Familiarity information: FASCINATING used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

FASCINATING (adjective)

Sense 1fascinating [BACK TO TOP]


Capable of arousing and holding the attention


absorbing; engrossing; fascinating; gripping; riveting

Context example:

a fascinating story


interesting (arousing or holding the attention)

Sense 2fascinating [BACK TO TOP]


Capturing interest as if by a spell


bewitching; captivating; enchanting; enthralling; entrancing; fascinating

Context examples:

bewitching smile / Roosevelt was a captivating speaker / enchanting music / an enthralling book / antique papers of entrancing design / a fascinating woman


attractive (pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm)

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