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Definition of fascinate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

fascinate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈfæsɪneɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfæsɪneɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fascinate
BrE BrE//ˈfæsɪneɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfæsɪneɪt//
 
he / she / it fascinates
BrE BrE//ˈfæsɪneɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfæsɪneɪts//
 
past simple fascinated
BrE BrE//ˈfæsɪneɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfæsɪneɪtɪd//
 
past participle fascinated
BrE BrE//ˈfæsɪneɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfæsɪneɪtɪd//
 
-ing form fascinating
BrE BrE//ˈfæsɪneɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfæsɪneɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, intransitive] fascinate (somebody) to attract or interest somebody very much China has always fascinated me. It was a question that had fascinated him since he was a boy. The private lives of movie stars never fail to fascinate. More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘bewitch’): from Latin fascinat- ‘bewitched’, from the verb fascinare, from fascinum ‘spell, witchcraft’.
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