en·​rap·​ture | \in-ˈrap-chər, en-\
enraptured; enrapturing\in-​ˈrap-​chə-​riŋ, -​ˈrap-​shriŋ, en-​ \

Definition of enrapture 

transitive verb

: to fill with delight

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elate, elevate, exhilarate, intoxicate, transport



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Examples of enrapture in a Sentence

Her melodious voice enraptured the audience. enraptured upon learning that he would be attending college on a full sports scholarship

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While New Yorkers were enraptured by Karl Lagerfeld’s fanciful creations for Chanel, down in Miami, Art Basel was heating up. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Laura Harrier Adds Some Bulgari Bling to Miami Basel," 5 Dec. 2018 That year, the country was enraptured by a visit from President Barack Obama, the first sitting US President to visit Myanmar. Timothy Mclaughlin, WIRED, "How Facebook’s Rise Fueled Chaos and Confusion in Myanmar," 6 July 2018 The actual men of God roamed the exhibition, happily enraptured by treasures lent from the Vatican. Matthew Schneier, New York Times, "The Scene Inside the Met Gala," 8 May 2018 The crowd was made possible by timing and motivated to take their seats by the Stanley Cup, but for two hours, they were enraptured by the Mystics’ basketball. Emma Baccellieri, SI.com, "Capitals Fans Take in Washington Mystics Game Before Stanley Cup Watch Party," 8 June 2018 How often has a punter’s performance enraptured an entire arena? Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Tale of Texas punter gets taller, again," 3 May 2018 In the ensuing decades, Cox grew enraptured by the niche sport of cold-water open-water swimming. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "I Was the First! (And Probably the Only)," 24 Apr. 2018 In lieu of auditorium seats, guests lounged on low couches; Gloria Steinem, Fran Lebowitz, Barry Diller, Talita von Furstenberg, and Cipriana Quann sat casually, enraptured by the inspiring individuals who took the stage. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Misty Copeland Honored at the 9th Annual DVF Awards," 16 Apr. 2018 One is an event that enraptures the nation — March Madness— while the other endures almost as an act of defiance. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Who knew the NIT could be so much fun? | Tim Sullivan," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of enrapture

1740, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of enrapture

: to fill (someone) with delight

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