To dazzle is to blind someone for a moment with light, like a deer in the headlights. You can also dazzle by impressing people, and not just by wearing a sparkly sequined shirt.

Have you ever had a light shine in your face so you couldn't see for a second? You were dazzled. To dazzle is to blind someone in this way. A car's high-beam lights can dazzle other drivers. Looking directly at the sun is a way to dazzle yourself. Dazzling puts you in a daze for a second. Also, anything impressive can dazzle. A great writer dazzles readers. An impressive speaker dazzles listeners. It's like you're blinded by their brilliance.

Definitions of dazzle

v cause someone to lose clear vision, especially from intense light

“She was dazzled by the bright headlights”
bedazzle, daze
Type of:
render unable to see

v amaze or bewilder, as with brilliant wit or intellect or skill

“Her arguments dazzled everyone”
“The dancer dazzled the audience with his turns and jumps”
Type of:
amaze, astonish, astound
affect with wonder

n brightness enough to blind partially and temporarily

Type of:
the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white

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