en·​chant | \ in-ˈchant How to pronounce enchant (audio) , 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 In the dining room and sunroom, gilded antique mirrors and iron chandeliers from a showhouse room decorated by Pilkington contrast with walls painted an enchanting pale blue. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Chris Cuomo and Cristina Greeven Cuomo’s Family Home Is Rooted in Tradition and Elegance," 6 May 2020 Get enchanted by Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and look forward to brighter days ahead. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "The Best Broadway Musicals for Southerners to Stream Right Now," 3 Apr. 2020 An enchanting early sequence occurs after a bed frame is brought upstairs. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Now you live here, now you don’t. How ‘Home’ works its magic at the Broad Stage," 6 Mar. 2020 The Old Man and the Gun' 2018 IMDB: 6.7/10 Based on the true story of Forest Tucker, a 70-year-old San Quentin escapee who conducted a string of heists while eluding authorities and enchanting the public. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "20 best-ranked movies ever filmed in Greater Cincinnati," 27 Mar. 2020 Investors, allow yourselves to be enchanted by Disney’s magic, swept away in its magnificent story lines – and try not to be concerned with the usual financial complexities. Washington Post, "Disney+ Has Its Pluses and Minuses," 13 Apr. 2019 This special-edition Mustang simply enchants us with its palpable nostalgia and everyday performance. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "Our Ford Mustang Bullitt Remains a Lovable Steed Through an Unlovable Season," 16 Mar. 2020 John Wenzel’s deep dive into the history and lore surrounding Casa Bonita is an absolute must-read for anyone who’s been enchanted by the 45-year-old restaurant’s quirky charm. Beth Rankin, The Know, "The Know’s most popular arts, entertainment, outdoors and dining stories of 2019," 28 Dec. 2019 Producer Douglas Wick remembered the crew being enchanted by and concerned about Griffith from the beginning. Sam Gillette, PEOPLE.com, "Melanie Griffith Recalls Having to Pay $80,000 After Coming to Working Girl Set Intoxicated," 12 Nov. 2019

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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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“Enchant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enchant. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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)


en·​chant | \ in-ˈchant How to pronounce enchant (audio) \
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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