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Meaning of INFATUATE

Pronunciation:  in'fachoo`eyt

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  arouse unreasoning love or passion in and cause to behave in an irrational way; "His new car has infatuated him"; "love has infatuated her"

INFATUATE is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 See Also: arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*fat"u*ate\ (?; 135), a. [L. infatuatus, p. p. of
    infatuare to infatuate; pref. in- in + fatuus foolish. See
    Infatuated. --Bp. Hall.
  2. \In*fat"u*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Infatuated}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Infatuating}.]
    1. To make foolish; to affect with folly; to weaken the
       intellectual powers of, or to deprive of sound judgment.
             The judgment of God will be very visible in
             infatuating a people . . . ripe and prepared for
             destruction.                          --Clarendon.
    2. To inspire with a foolish and extravagant passion; as, to
       be infatuated with gaming.
             The people are . . . infatuated with the notion.
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