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enthuse

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verb en·thuse \in-ˈthüz, en-, also -ˈthyüz\

Simple Definition of enthuse

  • : to say (something) with enthusiasm

  • : to show enthusiasm : to talk about something with enthusiasm

  • : to make (someone) enthusiastic

Full Definition of enthuse

en·thuseden·thus·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make enthusiastic <is enthused about the project>

  3. 2 :  to express with enthusiasm

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to show enthusiasm <a splendid performance, and I was enthusing over it — Julian Huxley>

Usage Discussion of enthuse

Enthuse is apparently American in origin, although the earliest known example of its use occurs in a letter written in 1827 by a young Scotsman who spent about two years in the Pacific Northwest. It has been disapproved since about 1870. Current evidence shows it to be flourishing nonetheless on both sides of the Atlantic especially in journalistic prose.

Examples of enthuse

  1. This dinner is wonderful! he enthused.

  2. His presentation failed to enthuse the committee.



Origin of enthuse

back-formation from enthusiasm


First Known Use: 1827



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