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1 to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe; "The snake charmer fascinates the cobra" [syn: fascinate, transfix, grip]
2 attract strongly, as if with a magnet; "She magnetized the audience with her tricks" [syn: magnetize, mesmerize, mesmerise, magnetise, bewitch]
3 put into a trance [syn: entrance] [also: spellbound]

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  1. To attract one's attention as if by a magic spell.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

absorb, absorb the attention, arrest, becharm, beguile, bewitch, captivate, carry away, cast a spell, catch, catch up, charm, enchant, engage, engage the attention, engage the mind, engage the thoughts, engross, engross the mind, engross the thoughts, enrapture, enravish, enthrall, entrance, exercise, fascinate, grab, grip, hold, hold spellbound, hold the interest, hypnotize, immerse, infatuate, intrigue, involve, involve the interest, mesmerize, monopolize, obsess, occupy, occupy the attention, preoccupy, shine, spell, take up, trance, transport, vamp, witch
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