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Definition of enrapture

transitive verb

: to fill with delight

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Synonyms & Antonyms for enrapture


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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Rebecca Sher, dressed in a purple blouse with a matching purple scarf, sat enraptured in Faneuil Hall. Alison Kuznitz, BostonGlobe.com, "Modern-day suffragists revel in 100th anniversary of voting rights," 25 June 2019 Just as with Billy Elliot and his ballet dreams, or the embittered miner musicians of Brassed Off, or the grumpy cobblers of Kinky Boots, I was enraptured from the get-go. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Wild Rose Is the Best Kind of Musical Melodrama," 19 June 2019 You’ll be treated to Anna’s enraptured take on the Chanel Paris show from last spring, where designer Karl Lagerfeld created a beach at the Grand Palais. Vogue, "Anna Wintour on Rihanna, the Rise of the Sneaker, and Parka or No Parka?," 7 Feb. 2019 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

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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

formal : to fill (someone) with delight

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