intriguing

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 /ɪnˈtriːgɪŋ/


For the verb: "to intrigue"

Present Participle: intriguing

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
in•tri•guing /ɪnˈtrigɪŋ/USA pronunciation  adj. 
  1. very interesting;
    fascinating:an intriguing mystery.
in•tri•guing•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
in•trigue /v. ɪnˈtrig; n. also ˈɪntrig/USA pronunciation   v.,  -trigued, -tri•guing, n. 
v. 
  1. to arouse the curiosity or interest of by unusual, new, or otherwise fascinating qualities:[+ object]Fairy tales intrigue many children.
  2. to plan or plot secretly or in a dishonest way:[no object]The dukes intrigued against the king.

n. 
  1. the use of dishonest or secret plots or plans:[uncountable]The king's court was full of intrigue.
  2. such a plot or plan:[countable]political intrigues.
in•tri•guer, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
in•trigue  (v. in trēg;n. in trēg, intrēg),USA pronunciation v.,  -trigued, -tri•guing, n. 
v.t. 
  1. to arouse the curiosity or interest of by unusual, new, or otherwise fascinating or compelling qualities;
    appeal strongly to;
    captivate:The plan intrigues me, but I wonder if it will work.
  2. to achieve or earn by appealing to another's curiosity, fancy, or interest:to intrigue one's way into another's notice.
  3. to draw or capture:Her interest was intrigued by the strange symbol.
  4. to accomplish or force by crafty plotting or underhand machinations.
  5. [Obs.]to entangle.
  6. [Obs.]to trick or cheat.

v.i. 
  1. to plot craftily or underhandedly.
  2. to carry on a secret or illicit love affair.

n. 
  1. the use of underhand machinations or deceitful stratagems.
  2. such a machination or stratagem or a series of them;
    a plot or crafty dealing:political intrigues.
  3. a secret or illicit love affair.
  4. the series of complications forming the plot of a play.
in•triguer, n. 
in•triguing•ly, adv. 
  • Latin intrīcāre to entangle; see intricate
  • Italian intrigare
  • French intriguer
  • 1640–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged interest, attract, fascinate.
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged manipulate.
    • 9, 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged manipulation.
    • 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  conspiracy. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

intrigue vb /ɪnˈtriːɡ/ ( -trigues, -triguing, -trigued)
  1. (transitive) to make interested or curious
  2. (intransitive) to make secret plots or employ underhand methods; conspire
  3. (intransitive) often followed by with: to carry on a clandestine love affair
n /ɪnˈtriːɡ; ˈɪntriːɡ/
  1. the act or an instance of secret plotting, etc
  2. a clandestine love affair
  3. the quality of arousing interest or curiosity; beguilement
Etymology: 17th Century: from French intriguer, from Italian intrigare, from Latin intrīcāre; see intricate

inˈtriguer n



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