en·​thuse | \ in-ˈthüz How to pronounce enthuse (audio) , en- also -ˈthyüz\
enthused; enthusing

Definition of enthuse

transitive verb

1 : to make enthusiastic is enthused about the project
2 : to express with enthusiasm

intransitive verb

: to show enthusiasm a splendid performance, and I was enthusing over it— Julian Huxley

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Usage of Enthuse

Enthuse is apparently American in origin, although the earliest known example of its use occurs in a letter written in 1827 by a young Scotsman who spent about two years in the Pacific Northwest. It has been disapproved since about 1870. Current evidence shows it to be flourishing nonetheless on both sides of the Atlantic especially in journalistic prose.

Examples of enthuse in a Sentence

“This dinner is wonderful!” he enthused. His presentation failed to enthuse the committee.

Recent Examples on the Web

In that Walker had previously enthused about Icke’s writing on her blog and had a history of anti-Semitic statements, this wasn’t exactly news. Christian Lorentzen, Harper's magazine, "Like This or Die," 10 Apr. 2019 Becker enthuses, describing an herbaceous tomato-fennel-garlic broth cradling mahogany clams, scallops, and cod. Ellen Bhang, BostonGlobe.com, "At Shepard, a vibrant pink is a match for bouillabaisse," 22 May 2018 Others will enthuse over Bergdorf's or some luxurious restaurant in TriBeCa. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "A Culture Editor's Impulse Buys: $200 of Potions, Swedish Sweets, and More," 7 Jan. 2019 This is not a change that a group that actually values the sacredness of human life should be enthused about. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why A Pro-Life World Has A Lot of Dead Women In It," 19 June 2017 Moby’s argument will enthuse the former and chill the latter. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Moby Has a Take on Food Stamps — and It’s Junk," 10 Apr. 2018 In a new column for Waitrose Weekend magazine (via Hello!), Pippa enthuses about the benefits of following a Barre workout routine while pregnant. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton’s Due Date Is Approaching and She’s Keeping Fit with a Ballet-Inspired Workout," 9 Sep. 2018 Privacy advocates aren't enthused by the DEA's new directive. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "That Radar Speed Road Sign Might Be Saving Your License Plate for Later," 1 Oct. 2018 Even millions in spending on political ads may not be enough to enthuse GOP voters this fall. Li Zhou, Vox, "“A blue flood, more than just a wave”: 8 experts on midterm elections after the Ohio special election," 10 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of enthuse

1827, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for enthuse

back-formation from enthusiasm

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English Language Learners Definition of enthuse

: to say (something) with enthusiasm
: to show enthusiasm : to talk about something with enthusiasm
: to make (someone) enthusiastic

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