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 For details on the 32-year-olds enchanting look, check out Mena’s Instagram post below. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "We Can't Get Over Erica Mena's Rose Gold Hair," 26 Nov. 2019 Beyond the more than 425 wineries, Sonoma has beautiful beaches, enchanting wild animals at Safari West in Santa Rosa and captivating carnivorous plants at California Carnivores in Sebastopol. Los Angeles Times, "Bargains in California’s wine country, from Temecula to Sonoma," 4 Oct. 2019 The Bird and The Bee’s enchanting new album salutes and subverts the music of Van Halen with wit and panache. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Bird and The Bee will buzz into the Casbah," 28 Aug. 2019 In the postmodern age we are enchanted by the camera and film is considered more real than reality. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The last of the sketch artists on cameras in the US Supreme Court," 11 Oct. 2019 Her approach and words enchanted many and disgusted others. Ted Anthony, Fortune, "Greta Thunberg: A Young Activist’s Moment, Praised and Criticized," 24 Sep. 2019 TEMPERLEY LONDON Designer Alice Temperley presented her summer 2020 collection at her boutique in central London, displaying many of her signature, beautifully made dresses to a crowd that seemed enchanted by the workmanship and whimsy. Washington Post, "London Fashion Week: Extravaganza kicks off with gala shows," 13 Sep. 2019 Berman and Jackson took viewers around the league, presenting each game as its own story, with full narratives and analysis, while the best plays were shown over the enchanting Sam Spence tracks of NFL Films. The Si Staff, SI.com, "100 Figures Who Shaped the NFL’s First Century," 28 Aug. 2019 Children in regional towns in Patagonia or on the Serengeti Plain love the same Pixar cartoon films that enchant kids in Roseville. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Time to explain the basics of trade," 15 Sep. 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enchant. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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