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fascinate

verb allure, appeal to, attract, beguile, bewitch, captivate, capture, charm, coax, compel, delight, enamor, enchant, engage, engross, enrapture, enthrall, grab, grip, hold attraction for, hold interest, hold spelllound, hypnotize, infatuate, influence, interest, intoxicate, invite, kindle, mesmerize, overpower, overwhelm, pique, please, provoke, seize, stimulate, stir, transfix, win over
See also: engage, engross, immerse, interest, occupy
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and so on; and they were all redskins; and of course this would have ended the fight had not the real redskins fascinated by Peter's methods, agreed to be lost boys for that once, and so at it they all went again, more fiercely than ever.
The former magician, with a cry of joy, sprang to his feet, looked at himself in wonder, and then fell back in his chair and watched the Wizard with fascinated interest.
She is a foolish, good-natured little woman, who thinks herself clever because her husband has permitted her to travel a good deal, and has evidently been rather fascinated by the latitudinarianism of continental society.
Yours is the sentimental hope of one fascinated by what she does not understand.
She was not fascinated, only puzzled, by his grinning, his simpering, his scented cambric handkerchief, and his high-heeled lacquered boots.
Then the theatre is open for nothing, then the waters of Monblaisir begin to play (it is lucky that there is company to behold them, for one would be afraid to see them alone)--then there come mountebanks and riding troops (the way in which his Transparency was fascinated by one of the horse-riders is well known, and it is believed that La Petite Vivandiere, as she was called, was a spy in the French interest), and the delighted people are permitted to march through room after room of the Grand Ducal palace and admire the slippery floor, the rich hangings, and the spittoons at the doors of all the innumerable chambers.
They had not intended to spend the afternoon, but found themselves too fascinated to turn away from the breakers bursting upon the rocks and from the many kinds of colorful sea life starfish, crabs, mussels, sea anemones, and, once, in a rock-pool, a small devilfish that chilled their blood when it cast the hooded net of its body around the small crabs they tossed to it.
There stood Miss Rachel at the table, like a person fascinated, with the Colonel's unlucky Diamond in her hand.
Speaking at the red carpet premiere in London's Leicester Square as part of the BFI London Film Festival, he said: "I think we are fascinated by extremity.
Idris Evans is fascinated by the dog, details of which he uncovered when he researched the graphic account of the lives of the Welsh drovers.
But part of it was that we had an inspirational leader, which is why I'm fascinated by Barack Obama.
Todd outlines Merian's life from her upbringing in Germany, where she learned to paint and engrave and became fascinated with butterflies.