from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To hold an intense interest or attraction for. See Synonyms at charm.
- transitive v. To hold motionless; spellbind.
- transitive v. Obsolete To bewitch.
- intransitive v. To be irresistibly charming or attractive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To evoke an intense interest or attraction in someone
- v. To make someone hold motionless; to spellbind
- v. To be irresistibly charming or attractive to
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To influence in an uncontrollable manner; to operate on by some powerful or irresistible charm; to bewitch; to enchant.
- transitive v. To excite and allure irresistibly or powerfully; to charm; to captivate, as by physical or mental charms.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bewitch; act on by witchcraft or by some analogous powerful or irresistible influence; hence, to influence the imagination, reason, or will of in an uncontrollable manner.
- To enchant; captivate; excite the passions or affections of, and allure powerfully or irresistibly.
- Synonyms Charm, etc. (see enchant); to throw or bring under a spell, hold spell-bound, entrance, enamour.
- To exercise a bewitching or captivating power.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. attract; cause to be enamored
- v. cause to be interested or curious
- v. to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
The word fascinate comes from a Latin word meaning "spell" or "witchcraft."
It is interesting that the root of the word 'fascinate' comes from the French, 'fasciner' meaning to entrance or charm, as in witchcraft, while our modern usage of the term still relates to the meaning, to be bewitched or held spell bound.
People like Rove and his cronies both horrify and fascinate, which is why they get any attention at all.
I also highly recommend Sally Hogshead's Fascinate for more on how to "fascinate" others -- now, when they need it most.
It never ceases to fascinate me just exactly how stupid forever remains a substantial percentage of human males, of any nationality, all around the earth.
Sometimes things just fascinate me and this very successful and informative Internet site was one of them.
The letters are captivating, making "Dear Jay, Love Dad" a book that will fascinate anyone interested in college football, the politics of the 1960s or the state of Oklahoma.
"I caught sight of him in the 2006 Beck's Futures and he has never made anything that didn't fascinate ever since."
I was just telling the esteemed Mr. Wright that I read his Golden Age just at a time when I was questioning the genre's ability to fascinate me.
They fascinate me with their astuteness, intelligence and generosity.