from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Possessing the power to charm or allure; captivating.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having interesting qualities; captivating; attractive.
  • v. Present participle of fascinate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. capable of holding the attention.
  • adj. capturing interest as if by a spell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Bewitching; enchanting; charming; captivating: as, a most fascinating poem.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. capable of arousing and holding the attention
  • adj. capturing interest as if by a spell


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  • Everything about the legendary Apple co-founder resonates with the word "fascinating."

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  • In a terrific piece in today's "Washington Post" called "Team Clinton: Down and Out of Touch," Dana Milbank writes about a breakfast that was held Monday with two Clinton advisers and members of the media which she describes as a fascinating tour of an alternate universe.

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  • Spock's tolerance for teasing was high, but Kirk suspected he had approached his limit in one area—lately Spock tended to avoid the word "fascinating."

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  • Scheib is willing to share his experiences because he had what he calls a fascinating, fun and fulfilling career in the White House.

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  • If you do this then the next morning you can have breakfast in fascinating Monterrey rather than plough on to butt-ugly Laredo. bournemouth

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  • What I find fascinating is that these are -- allegedly -- grown-ups, and yet they're obsessing over crap like this like kids in grade school burning ants with a magnifying glass.

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  • Also fascinating is the reaction you get from someone when you are a voice on the phone rather than when you are people meeting face to face.

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  • What's fascinating is how this gap vanishes after the 2040's leaving both SS's in and outflow at just under 5% of GDP.

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  • It seemed to me that her writing was maturing in fascinating ways, and I am angry and bereft that I will not be able to watch her growing from strength to strength -- and that I will never get to know her better.

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  • What's fascinating is how well these elements drive the plot and characterizations.

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  • Nice! Thanks to both of you!

    November 30, 2010

  • I'd say something like "the activities the student will be involved in are a great advertisement for biology as a career" or "the activities will highlight or showcase the appeal of a career in biology".

    November 30, 2010

  • intriguing, thrilling, stimulating, exciting, gratifying, timeless, lucrative (?), Darwinian, outdoorsy...

    November 30, 2010

  • Wordie help needed!

    I am writing a grant proposal for a project in which high school student will take part. I want to say that the activities they will be involved in are something that can attract students into pursuing a career in biology... I'm looking for a word but it's not fascinating. Can anybody help?

    November 30, 2010