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 To jumpstart your dive into this historic region, here is a tour in words and pictures of four wineries sure to enchant and delight. Shelby Knick, Forbes, "Wine And Wanderlust: Four Must-See Wineries In Montalcino, Italy," 21 Apr. 2021 But honestly, these animals continue to enchant, every single time. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Up close with Florida manatees at Blue Spring State Park, a nature-made, Orlando-area retreat," 31 Dec. 2020 Hohner and other brands have taken a hit during the pandemic, as customers avoided retail stores—sales are down 25 percent—but the harmonica continues to enchant. Steve Knopper, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Brief History of the Harmonica," 19 Mar. 2021 Below, enchant your eyes with a wonderful assortment of de Gournay wallpapers—all featured in this ornate Rizzoli opus. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "This Enchanting New Book Explores the Beauty of de Gournay Wallpaper," 12 Oct. 2020 Still, this Neptune placement allows one to enchant others with their words; people will be drawn to Harris's charisma. Lisa Stardust, refinery29.com, "An Astrologer Analyzes Joe Biden & Kamala Harris’ Chance Of Winning The Election," 13 Aug. 2020 The trail is sure to enchant little ones, but KFB has other plans in mind, as well, namely education focusing on conservation and the importance of protecting the environment. Carissa Lamkahouan, Houston Chronicle, "Fairies ‘take residence’ in cluster of tiny homes in Friendswood park," 22 June 2020 But these cultural symbols both educate and enchant us. National Geographic, "From evil eyes to sacred hearts, a look at lucky charms around the world," 9 June 2020 His defense turned less on evidence than on a stream of witticisms that enchanted the Parisian public. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Dorothea Lange and Félix Fénéon at MOMA, and Online," 11 May 2020

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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 9 May. 2021.

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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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