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enthrall

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verb en·thrall \in-ˈthrȯl, en-\

Simple Definition of enthrall

  • : to hold the attention of (someone) by being very exciting, interesting, or beautiful

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of enthrall

enthralled

enthralling

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to hold in or reduce to slavery

  3. 2 :  to hold spellbound :  charm

enthrallment

play \-ˈthrȯl-mənt\ noun

Examples of enthrall in a sentence

  1. <enthralled by the flickering fire in the hearth, we lost all track of time>

  2. <for years these master magicians have been enthralling audiences with their astounding illusions>



Did You Know?

In Middle English, enthrallen meant "to hold in thrall." "Thrall" then, as now, meant "bondage" or "slavery"; it comes from an Old Norse word, "thraell," which is probably related to an Old High German word for servant. In the 16th century, the first known figurative use of "enthrall" appeared in the following advice, translated from a Latin text by Thomas Newton: "A man should not . . . enthrall his credit and honour to Harlots." But we rarely use even this sense of mental or moral enslavement anymore. Today the word is often used in its participle form, "enthralled," which sometimes means "temporarily spellbound" ("we listened, enthralled, to the old woman's oral history"), but more often suggests a state of being generally captivated, delighted, or taken by some particular thing.

Variants of enthrall

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enthral

Origin and Etymology of enthrall

Middle English


First Known Use: 15th century


ENTHRALL Defined for Kids

enthrall

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verb en·thrall \in-ˈthrȯl\

Definition of enthrall for Students

enthralled

enthralling

  1. :  to hold the attention of completely <The show enthralls audiences.>





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