Definition of fascinating adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfæsɪneɪtɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfæsɪneɪtɪŋ//
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extremely interesting and attractive a fascinating story/subject The results of the survey made fascinating reading. It's fascinating to see how different people approach the problem. I fail to see what women find so fascinating about him. Your trip to Alaska sounds absolutely fascinating. The book provides a fascinating glimpse into Moroccan life. Synonymsinterestingfascinating compelling stimulating gripping absorbingThese words all describe somebody/​something that attracts or holds your attention because they are exciting, unusual or full of good ideas.interesting attracting your attention because it is exciting, unusual or full of good ideas:That’s an interesting question, Daniel.fascinating extremely interesting or attractive:The exhibition tells the fascinating story of the steam age.compelling (rather formal) so interesting or exciting that it holds your attention:Her latest book makes compelling reading.stimulating full of interesting or exciting ideas; making people feel enthusiastic:Thank you for a most stimulating discussion.gripping so exciting or interesting that it holds your attention completely:His books are always so gripping.absorbing so interesting or enjoyable that it holds your attention:Chess can be an extremely absorbing game.Patterns interesting/​fascinating/​stimulating for somebody interesting/​fascinating to somebody interesting/​fascinating that… interesting/​fascinating to see/​hear/​find/​learn/​know… a(n) interesting/​fascinating/​compelling/​gripping story/​read/​book a(n) interesting/​fascinating/​stimulating experience/​discussion/​idea to find something interesting/​fascinating/​compelling/​stimulating/​gripping/​absorbingExtra examples ‘This is all very fascinating,’ said Wilcox,‘but I have a meeting in five minutes.’ His testimony in court could prove fascinating. I find him rather fascinating. I find the natural world endlessly fascinating. It just seemed really fascinating to me. Renoir’s later life is equally fascinating. What was fascinating to me was the way the creatures moved. a most fascinating book It’s fascinating to see how different people approach the problem. The exhibition tells the fascinating story of the jet age.
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