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fascinate

Verb

1 cause to be interested or curious [syn: intrigue]
2 to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe; "The snake charmer fascinates the cobra" [syn: transfix, grip, spellbind]
3 attract; cause to be enamored; "She captured all the men's hearts" [syn: capture, enamour, trance, catch, becharm, enamor, captivate, beguile, charm, bewitch, entrance, enchant]

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English

Verb

  1. To evoke an intense interest or attraction in someone
    The flickering TV fascinated the cat.
  2. To make someone hold motionless; to spellbind
    We were fascinated by the potter's skill.
  3. To be irresistibly charming or attractive to
    Her gait fascinates all men.

Translations

interest or attraction
motionless; spellbind
charming or attractive

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

absorb, absorb the attention, affect, affect the interest, allure, appeal, arrest, attract, becharm, beguile, bewitch, captivate, carry away, cast a spell, catch, catch up, charm, concern, delectate, delight, draw, draw on, enamor, enchant, endear, engage, engage the attention, engage the mind, engage the thoughts, engross, engross the mind, engross the thoughts, enrapture, enravish, ensorcell, enthrall, entrance, excite, excite interest, exercise, flush, freak out, give a thrill, gladden, glamour, grab, grip, hold, hold in thrall, hold spellbound, hold the interest, hypnotize, immerse, imparadise, impress, infatuate, inflame with love, influence, interest, intoxicate, intrigue, invite, involve, involve in, involve the interest, knock dead, knock out, magnetize, mesmerize, monopolize, obsess, occupy, occupy the attention, pique, please, preoccupy, provoke, ravish, rejoice, seduce, send, slay, spell, spellbind, stimulate, strike, sway, take, take up, tantalize, tempt, thrill, tickle, tickle pink, titillate, touch, transfix, transport, vamp, wile, witch, wow
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