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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for self-infatuated

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 self-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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