Definition of fascination noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌfæsɪˈneɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌfæsɪˈneɪʃn//
    Showing interest
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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] a very strong attraction, that makes something very interesting Water holds a fascination for most children. London has a fascination all of its own. The fascination of the game lies in trying to guess what your opponent is thinking. See related entries: Showing interest
  2. 2[uncountable, singular] the state of being very attracted to and interested in somebody/something The girls listened in fascination as the story unfolded. They stared in horrified fascination as the snake approached. fascination for/with somebody/something the public’s enduring fascination with the Royal Family
  3. Extra examples He had a deep fascination with all forms of transport. He looked on in horrified fascination as the ship drew nearer to the rocks. His letters have been a source of fascination to a wide audience. I watched in horrified fascination. Seeing over a thousand species of fish is part of the fascination of the reef. She developed a fascination for these creatures. She shared his fascination for motorbikes. She watched in fascination as the cat pounced on the mouse. The sea holds a fascination for all children. These exotic plants exert a fascination all of their own. These two artists share a certain fascination with the female body. a lifelong fascination with Baroque music a morbid fascination with death our current fascination with nationalism the public fascination with crime
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fascination