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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 birds that survived the transition came to enchant the Scottish public with their antics. Eliot Schrefer, Washington Post, 30 June 2022 The Magical Earth Retreat just outside of Hocking Hills State Park offers four underground properties sure to enchant and delight. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 24 June 2022 Opening this latest Fox date is the War and Treaty, the Michigan husband-wife duo who enchant with their organic R&B. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 28 Mar. 2022 Ivy Getty is no stranger to high fashion—see her wedding for further proof—but still, the magic of Paris Fashion Week can enchant even the most jaded among us. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 11 Mar. 2022 Perhaps the most quintessential escape for New Yorkers, the Catskill Mountains are a stunning series of rolling, forested hills ready to enchant you with big vistas and quirky mountain towns. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 26 Aug. 2021 If the location of Four Seasons Resort Maui doesn’t enchant enough, the artwork certainly will. Beck Bamberger, Forbes, 24 Oct. 2021 The lunar landscape, the dusty village with its dark, smoky interiors, the eerily placid sea shimmering marvelously in the moonlight — the film’s textures, all shot in black-and-white, enchant us with their spectral beauty. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 10 July 2021 Eric also revealed that Loki and Sylvie joining hands to enchant Alioth in episode 5 arrived late in the game. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, 9 July 2021 See More

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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 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for enchant


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 Wonderful Wizard of Oz
2 : to please greatly : delight The story enchanted us.

Other Words from enchant

enchantment \ -​mənt \ noun

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