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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fascinate  \Fas"ci*nate\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Fascinated},  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n..  {Fascinating}.]  [L.  fascinare;  cf  Gr 
  ??????????  to  slander,  bewitch.] 
  1.  To  influence  in  an  uncontrollable  manner;  to  operate  on  by 
  some  powerful  or  irresistible  charm;  to  bewitch;  to 
  enchant. 
 
  It  has  been  almost  universally  believed  that  .  .  . 
  serpents  can  stupefy  and  fascinate  the  prey  which 
  they  are  desirous  to  obtain.  --Griffith 
  (Cuvier). 
 
  2.  To  excite  and  allure  irresistibly  or  powerfully;  to  charm; 
  to  captivate,  as  by  physical  or  mental  charms. 
 
  there  be  none  of  the  passions  that  have  been  noted 
  to  fascinate  or  bewhich  but  love  and  envy.  --Bacon. 
 
  Syn:  To  charm;  enrapture;  captivate;  enchant;  bewitch; 
  attract. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fascinating 
  adj  1:  capable  of  arousing  and  holding  the  attention;  "a 
  fascinating  story"  [syn:  {absorbing},  {engrossing},  {gripping}, 
  {riveting}] 
  2:  capturing  interest  as  if  by  a  spell;  "bewitching  smile"; 
  "Roosevelt  was  a  captivating  speaker";  "enchanting  music"; 
  "an  enthralling  book";  "antique  papers  of  entrancing 
  design";  "a  fascinating  woman"  [syn:  {bewitching},  {captivating}, 
  {enchanting},  {enthralling},  {entrancing}] 




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