Anything that sparks your interest or makes you wonder has the ability to fascinate. If you catch someone's interest, and then hold it, you fascinate them. Be careful.

The word fascinate actually comes from Latin and French words meaning "witchcraft," and although these days fascinate is used under much tamer circumstances, there is some sense in the word that the person's appeal is not quite normal: there might be a spell-like quality to his or her charms. Thus, the word is often used to describe a new love. On the other hand, you might find the study of exotic beetles fascinating. To each his own.

Definitions of fascinate

v attract; cause to be enamored

becharm, beguile, bewitch, captivate, capture, catch, charm, enamor, enamour, enchant, entrance, trance
hold the attention of
gratify and charm, usually in order to influence
Type of:
appeal, attract
be attractive to

v cause to be interested or curious

grab, seize
capture the attention or imagination of
Type of:
interest, matter to
be of importance or consequence

v render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe

“The snake charmer fascinates the cobra”
grip, spellbind, transfix
Type of:
excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of

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