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infatuate

[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.
1.
to inspire or possess with a foolish or unreasoning passion, as of love.
2.
to affect with folly; make foolish or fatuous.
adjective
3.
infatuated.
noun
4.
a person who is infatuated.
Origin of infatuate
late Middle English
1425-1475
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
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infatuated

/ɪnˈfætjʊˌeɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
(often foll by with) possessed by a foolish or extravagant passion, esp for another person
Derived Forms
infatuatedly, adverb

infatuate

verb (transitive) (ɪnˈfætjʊˌeɪt)
1.
to inspire or fill with foolish, shallow, or extravagant passion
2.
to cause to act foolishly
adjective (ɪnˈfætjʊɪt; -ˌeɪt)
3.
an archaic word for infatuated
noun (ɪnˈfætjʊɪt; -ˌeɪt)
4.
(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

infatuate

v.

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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