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enchant

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verb en·chant \in-ˈchant, en-\

Simple Definition of enchant

  • : 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to influence by or as if by charms and incantation :  bewitch

  3. 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>.


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