enchant

verb
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.

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Host an enchanting Halloween party or a Harry Potter movie marathon with their assortment of entertaining staples like Golden Snitch snack bowls and Sorting Hat servers. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Pottery Barn's Magical New Harry Potter Collection Is Finally Here," 31 Aug. 2018 As an earth sign, Taurus loves to indulge its five sense through luxurious fabrics, enchanting aromas, and gentle caresses. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018 The facades are laid with gorgeous ceramic tiles, usually imported from England or Belgium, and painted enchanting pastel hues of baby pink, buttercup yellow, and aquamarine. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Things To Do In Singapore," 2 Mar. 2018 Jessica Latshaw enchanted us with her ukulele and the super-funky and fresh rapper Shin B was—in a word—SPUNKY! Laurie Espino, Seventeen, "Concert Recap: Girls Who Rock!," 23 May 2012 The music and ritual enchanted him, and drew out his natural compassion. BostonGlobe.com, "Raising Connor," 4 May 2018 The sights are enchanting, especially when the camera lingers on the Japanese garden, which was years in the making, or the charming pigeonnier, or the Chinese moon bridge set on a reflecting pond. Helen T. Verongos, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Gardener’ Cultivates the Wealth of Nature," 29 Mar. 2018 Humphrey Bogart scorches the screen while Ingrid Bergman is enchanting in a breathlessly romantic and genuinely funny epic about Morocco during WWII. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "40 Classic Movies You Should See If You Love Rom-Coms," 2 Feb. 2017 Here the young Baron Botho von Rienäcker visits her, enchanted by her fresh and direct approach to life. Claire Tomalin, WSJ, "Five Best: Claire Tomalin on the Best Books About Family Trouble," 22 Nov. 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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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 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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