AskDefine | Define dazzle

Dictionary Definition

dazzle n : brightness enough to blind partially and temporarily

Verb

1 to cause someone to lose clear vision, especially from intense light; "She was dazzled by the bright headlights" [syn: bedazzle, daze]
2 amaze or bewilder, as with brilliant wit or intellect or skill; "Her arguments dazzled everyone"; "The dancer dazzled the audience with his turns and jumps"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Frequentative of daze.

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To confuse the sight of by means of excessive brightness.
    Dazzled by the headlights of the lorry, the deer stopped in the middle of the street and was run over.
  2. In the context of "transitive|figurative": To render incapable of thinking clearly; to overwhelm with showiness or brilliance.
    The delegates were dazzled by the originality of his arguments.

Translations

confuse the sight
figurative

Extensive Definition

Dazzle can refer to:
  • Dazzle a type of sparkles that can be sewed on to clothing, purses ectara

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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