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dazzle

[daz-uh l] /ˈdæz əl/
verb (used with object), dazzled, dazzling.
1.
to overpower or dim the vision of by intense light:
He was dazzled by the sudden sunlight.
2.
to impress deeply; astonish with delight:
The glorious palace dazzled him.
verb (used without object), dazzled, dazzling.
3.
to shine or reflect brilliantly:
gems dazzling in the sunlight.
4.
to be overpowered by light:
Her eyes dazzled in the glare.
5.
to excite admiration by brilliance:
Once one is accustomed to such splendor, it no longer dazzles.
noun
6.
an act or instance of dazzling:
the dazzle of the spotlights.
7.
something that dazzles.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; daze + -le
Related forms
dazzler, noun
dazzlingly, adverb
outdazzle, verb (used with object), outdazzled, outdazzling.
overdazzle, verb, overdazzled, overdazzling.
undazzled, adjective
undazzling, adjective
Synonyms
2. awe, overwhelm, overpower, stupefy.
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Examples for dazzle
  • Fertilizer sections at nurseries, garden centers, and supply stores dazzle the gardener.
  • He'll dazzle you and be a blur of motion but accomplish nothing.
  • Featuring a cast of thousands, this sprawling historical epic is sure to dazzle.
  • Its steady rays shall dazzle all eyes, haunt all brains, magnetize all desires.
  • It contained much that was well worth reading, little to dazzle or startle the world.
  • In the face of the marvellous things that dazzle and intoxicate him, his first speech is a hymn simply.
  • At first there is nothing but a dull roar in our ears and a dazzle in our eyes.
  • It is the delight of vulgar talent to dazzle and to blind the beholder.
  • One shade tones down sun sizzle, the other turns up tan dazzle.
  • Originally these pictures were not well received, but now they dazzle us with their precision and visual poetry.
British Dictionary definitions for dazzle

dazzle

/ˈdæzəl/
verb
1.
(usually transitive) to blind or be blinded partially and temporarily by sudden excessive light
2.
to amaze, as with brilliance she was dazzled by his wit, she dazzles in this film
noun
3.
bright light that dazzles
4.
bewilderment caused by glamour, brilliance, etc the dazzle of fame
Derived Forms
dazzler, noun
Word Origin
C15: from daze
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Word Origin and History for dazzle
dazzle
late 15c., frequentative of M.E. dasen (see daze). Originally intrans.; the trans. sense is from 1530s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dazzle

dazzle

Related Terms

razzle-dazzle


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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