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

     

    intrigue

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtriːɡ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtriːɡ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they intrigue
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtriːɡ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtriːɡ//
     
    he / she / it intrigues
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtriːɡz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtriːɡz//
     
    past simple intrigued
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtriːɡd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtriːɡd//
     
    past participle intrigued
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtriːɡd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtriːɡd//
     
    -ing form intriguing
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈtriːɡɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtriːɡɪŋ//
     
    Showing interest
     
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  1. 1[transitive, often passive] intrigue somebody | it intrigues somebody that… to make somebody very interested and want to know more about something The idea intrigued her. You've really intrigued me—tell me more! There was something about him that intrigued her. See related entries: Showing interest
  2. 2[intransitive] intrigue (with somebody) (against somebody) (formal) to secretly plan with other people to harm somebody
  3. Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘deceive, cheat’): from French intrigue ‘plot’, intriguer ‘to tangle, to plot’, via Italian from Latin intricare, from in- ‘into’ + tricae ‘tricks, perplexities’.Sense (1) of the verb, which was influenced by a later French sense “to puzzle, make curious”, arose in the late 19th cent.
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