verb en·chant \ in-ˈchant , en- \
|Updated on: 12 Jul 2018

Definition of enchant

enchanted; enchanting; enchants
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 in a Sentence

  1. The book has enchanted children for almost a century.

  2. The beauty of the place enchants.

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Origin and Etymology of enchant

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

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

ENCHANT Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of enchant for English Language Learners

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

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

ENCHANT Defined for Kids


verb en·chant \ in-ˈchant \

Definition of enchant for Students

enchanted; enchanting
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.


\-mənt\ noun

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