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[verb in-fach-oo-eyt; adjective, noun in-fach-oo-it, -eyt] /verb ɪnˈfætʃ uˌeɪt; adjective, noun ɪnˈfætʃ u ɪt, -ˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), infatuated, infatuating.
to inspire or possess with a foolish or unreasoning passion, as of love.
to affect with folly; make foolish or fatuous.
a person who is infatuated.
Origin of infatuate
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin infatuātus, past participle of infatuāre. See in-2, fatuous, -ate1
Related forms
infatuator, noun
self-infatuated, adjective
uninfatuated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for infatuate
Historical Examples
  • Every self-preserving instinct would have shrieked at such an infatuate immolation.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus American Anti-Slavery Society
  • The infatuate impulse prevailed, to confess and take the consequences.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • Will it be believed that the infatuate Master Cino spent the rest of the night in a rapture of poetry?

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • Our duty is to tame, subjugate, infatuate, and control them.

    Angel Island Inez Haynes Gillmore
  • It is an easy matter for a young, attractive woman to infatuate irresponsible men.

    A Woman of the World Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • It will be a remarkable woman that will ever infatuate him now.

  • To infatuate a man is not the same thing as to build a state!

    Daughter of the Sun Jackson Gregory
  • Whom the gods destroy they first infatuate—with an opera singer.

    The Wheel of Life Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow
  • This was a blow to the young man, who, at once thrifty and infatuate, had planned a luncheon a deux.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • But the truth was, I forgot the children, infatuate with the horse.

    Lilith George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for infatuate


verb (transitive) (ɪnˈfætjʊˌeɪt)
to inspire or fill with foolish, shallow, or extravagant passion
to cause to act foolishly
adjective (ɪnˈfætjʊɪt; -ˌeɪt)
an archaic word for infatuated
noun (ɪnˈfætjʊɪt; -ˌeɪt)
(literary) a person who is infatuated
Word Origin
C16: from Latin infatuāre, from in-² + fatuusfatuous
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for infatuate

1530s, "turn (something) to foolishness, frustrate," from Latin infatuatus, past participle of infatuare "make a fool of," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + fatuus "foolish." Specific sense of "inspire (in someone) a foolish romantic passion" is from 1620s. Related: Infatuated; infatuating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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