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enchant

verb en·chant \in-ˈchant, en-\

: to attract and hold the attention of (someone) by being interesting, pretty, etc.

: to put a magic spell on (someone or something)

Full Definition of ENCHANT

transitive verb
1
:  to influence by or as if by charms and incantation :  bewitch
2
:  to attract and move deeply :  rouse to ecstatic admiration <the scene enchanted her to the point of tears — Elinor Wylie>

Examples of ENCHANT

  1. The book has enchanted children for almost a century.
  2. The beauty of the place enchants.

Origin of ENCHANT

Middle English, from Anglo-French enchanter, from Latin incantare, from in- + cantare to sing — more at chant
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of ENCHANT

attract, allure, charm, captivate, fascinate, enchant mean to draw another by exerting a powerful influence. attract applies to any degree or kind of ability to exert influence over another <students attracted by the school's locale>. allure implies an enticing by what is fair, pleasing, or seductive <an alluring smile>. charm implies the power of casting a spell over the person or thing affected and so compelling a response <charmed by their hospitality>, but it may, like captivate, suggest no more than evoking delight or admiration <her performances captivated audiences>. fascinate suggests a magical influence and tends to stress the ineffectiveness of attempts to resist <a story that continues to fascinate children>. enchant is perhaps the strongest of these terms in stressing the appeal of the agent and the degree of delight evoked in the subject <hopelessly enchanted by her beauty>.

Other Occult Terms

augury, censor, invocation, lucidity, metempsychosis, mojo, numinous, preternatural, weird, wraith
ENCHANTED Defined for Kids

enchant

verb en·chant \in-ˈchant\
en·chant·eden·chant·ing

Definition of ENCHANT for Kids

1
:  to put under a spell by or as if by magic :  bewitch <… the Wicked Witch enchanted my axe … — L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz>
2
:  to please greatly :  delight <The story enchanted us.>
en·chant·ment \-mənt\ noun

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