en·​thuse | \in-ˈthüz, 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

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 Businesses that were enthused about the tax relief could hold off hiring and investing in the face of trade uncertainty, several economists said. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "Growth Seen Hitting 3% in 2018, but Risks to Outlook Mount After This Year," 9 Aug. 2018 Also, the Suns sought Booker’s input throughout the coaching search and Booker reportedly was enthused about Kokoskov’s offensive style, which emphasizes ball and player movement. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Five items on Suns coach Igor Kokoskov's to-do list," 13 May 2018 Teams sat back, fearful of conceding rather than enthused at the prospect of scoring. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 5 Weeks to Go - Should the Golden Goal Rule Be Brought Back?," 17 May 2018 Kathleen Schmeler, a gynecological oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center who was not involved in the study, was enthused about the new results. Laurie Mcginley, latimes.com, "HPV test is better than Pap smear at detecting precancerous cervical changes, study says," 3 July 2018 That idea was scrapped in favor of a single mount of the better skeleton, which the local press immediately enthused over. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "How We Elected T. rex to be Our Tyrant Lizard King," 21 June 2018 No two countries are more closely aligned than Britain and America in views of capitalism and entrepreneurship, enthuses Mr Holding. The Economist, "The promised post-Brexit trade deal with America may never materialise," 5 Apr. 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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