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[v. in-fach-oo-eyt; adj., n. in-fach-oo-it, -eyt] /v. ɪnˈfætʃ uˌeɪt; adj., n. 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.
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 infatuated
  • Reporters grew infatuated with the idea of a tiny piece of software knocking out big mainframe computers worldwide.
  • Of all the high-ranking samurai's cultural pursuits, none infatuated them as much as the tea ceremony.
  • Sports fans are infatuated with their heroes and are eager to know every detail pertaining to their lives on and off the field.
  • She's infatuated by a guy who may or may not be dead, and who certainly isn't a good boyfriend either way.
  • Over the past several years, a community of developers and fans infatuated with the games and styles of yesteryear has developed.
  • And yet, mysteriously, he often became madly infatuated with someone he had picked up.
  • Scientists are infatuated with the idea of revolution.
  • Working a summer job as a projectionist, he became infatuated with movies.
  • And when you're infatuated, you sometimes can't think straight.
  • The bear had no mate and had become infatuated with her while she was out gathering fruit.
British Dictionary definitions for infatuated


(often foll by with) possessed by a foolish or extravagant passion, esp for another person
Derived Forms
infatuatedly, adverb


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
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Word Origin and History for infatuated



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.

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