verb (used with object), in·fat·u·at·ed, in·fat·u·at·ing.

  1. to inspire or possess with a foolish or unreasoning passion, as of love.
  2. to affect with folly; make foolish or fatuous.


  1. infatuated.


  1. a person who is infatuated.

verb (ɪnˈfætjʊˌeɪt) (tr)

  1. to inspire or fill with foolish, shallow, or extravagant passion
  2. to cause to act foolishly

adjective (ɪnˈfætjʊɪt, -ˌeɪt)

  1. an archaic word for infatuated

noun (ɪnˈfætjʊɪt, -ˌeɪt)

  1. literary a person who is 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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