enchant

verb
en·​chant | \in-ˈchant, en-\
enchanted; enchanting; enchants

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

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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

Examples of enchant in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

The Art of the Garden features enchanting greenery from North American Relais & Châteaux (an association of the world's finest hoteliers, chefs, and restaurateurs) properties, photographed by David Engelhardt. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "8 of the Most Beautiful Hotel Gardens in North America," 2 Oct. 2018 When sensual Venus occupies this sign, it is enchanted by intense, mysterious, and karmic bonds. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018 All of this holiday fuss isn't just to enchant you, Burberry fans, the launch of the campaign coincides with the launch of Burberry holiday gifts in store and on burberry.com. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "From London With Love: Romeo Beckham for Burberry," 3 Nov. 2014 The sunlight, passing through it, became variegated and dazzling, dancing, enchanting. Lu Yang, The New Yorker, "Silver Tiger," 4 June 2017 These fire signs are enchanted by romance — after all, Leo governs the heart — and Leo partnerships are often fueled by infatuation. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "How Each Zodiac Sign Handles a Breakup," 11 Apr. 2018 With Fourth of July revelry reaching its apex, and Paris Couture Week continuing to enchant on and off the runway, this week's best beauty moments were a study in how to survive—and embrace—the balmy weather. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Looks: Week of July 8, 2018," 10 July 2018 The challenge now is to find ways to resist royalist escapism and instead to recommit to the radical majesty of the egalitarian project, re-enchanting the everyday. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Donald Trump, Meghan Markle, and America’s enduring obsession with the British royals," 12 July 2018 Explore Gardner’s enchanting home with a drink in hand (there’s a cash bar), and try whimsical, hands-on activities inspired by current exhibits (a recent night included a calligraphy station). BostonGlobe.com, "30 great dates in Boston and beyond," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of enchant

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for enchant

Middle English, from Anglo-French enchanter, from Latin incantare, from in- + cantare to sing — more at chant

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The first known use of enchant was in the 14th century

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enchant

verb

English Language Learners 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)

enchant

verb
en·​chant | \in-ˈchant \
enchanted; enchanting

Kids Definition of enchant

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.

Other Words from enchant

enchantment \ -​mənt \ noun

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