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 And Ms Warren, especially, has a raft of detailed policy ideas that could enthuse large numbers of Democrats. A.r. | Chicago, The Economist, "Tom Steyer jumps into a crowded Democratic field," 10 July 2019 One of those plays sent a leaping, enthused Love onto the floor in a fist-pumping craze. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Collin Sexton etches name alongside LeBron James and Kyrie Irving: ‘Being in that conversation is amazing’," 5 Mar. 2020 Nevertheless, the authors of the paper are enthused about the prospect of building large-scale hardware out of this device. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bio-electronic device can produce electricity using nothing but humidity," 17 Feb. 2020 But not all skateboarders are enthused about the sport being included in the Games, sharing fears that widespread commercialization will jeopardize the culture of the sport. Cassie Shortsleeve, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 5 New Olympic Sports to Watch at the Tokyo Summer Games," 1 Apr. 2020 Coyotes team employees were equally enthused by the idea, and about 40 of them are participating in exclusive sessions held at Gila River Arena. Richard Morin, azcentral, "The Arizona Coyotes taught a reporter how to play hockey, and they can teach you, too," 2 Mar. 2020 The winning strategy requires two parts: enthusing and turning out the Obama coalition while minimizing Trump’s advantage in his favored demographic. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Joe Biden Is Giving the Trump White House Reasons to Be Worried," 12 Mar. 2020 Paul and Phil could enthuse over a thrilling victory, but also a 500-year-old church. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Cycling’s Phil Says Goodbye to Cycling’s Paul," 3 Dec. 2018 For a rally designed to excite and enthuse his supporters ahead of New Hampshire's Feb. 11 primary, the former vice president struck a somber tone from the start. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "'They're hugging me': Biden embraces personal politics ahead of New Hampshire," 9 Feb. 2020

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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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3 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Enthuse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enthuse. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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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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