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

Initially, when Steph promoted the show on his Twitter page, some of his followers were less-than-enthused with his involvement. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Steph Curry Had a Lot of People Hating on His New 'Holey Moley' Golf Show," 27 June 2019 Celebrity chefs like Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck enthused about their versatility. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Pasta Salads to Swoon Over (No, Really)," 7 June 2019 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 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 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 Musk also enthused about selling the bricks in life-sized Lego kits, starting with a pyramid and the temple of Horus. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "The biggest news from Elon Musk’s Boring Company meeting in LA," 18 May 2018 Maybe Ohio voters, overall, weren't enthused about Tuesday's races, Kondik said. Jackie Borchardt, cleveland.com, "Does Tuesday's primary turnout point to a 'blue wave' coming in Ohio?," 9 May 2018 Not all House Republicans were enthused with the idea of pursuing contempt action against the Justice and FBI officials at this time, anyhow. Bloomberg.com, "Nunes Wins Battle With Rosenstein to See Trump Probe Document," 11 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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