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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 of dazzle
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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  • It is repeated at every turn until the eyes are dazzled with it, and the head is giddy.

  • But—if indeed, you are dazzled by the glamour of a title—do not be too confident of his fealty.

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  • She was giddy with her triumph, dazzled by a vision of the gold which was soon to be hers.

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  • Angelique smiled, as she stood there, dazzled, and as if bathed in the springtide.

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  • Phaethon was dazzled with the sight, but when he entered the palace hall he could hardly bear the radiance.

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British Dictionary definitions for dazzled

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 dazzled

dazzle

v.

late 15c., frequentative of Middle English dasen (see daze (v.)). Originally intransitive; the transitive sense is from 1530s. Related: Dazzled; dazzling.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dazzled

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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