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 But the birth-order effect seems to particularly enthuse and preoccupy us. Lynn Berger, Time, 13 Apr. 2021 Either way, there is a paradox emerging: while old established, bricks and mortar businesses enthuse about remote working, tech companies are rushing to put down roots, perhaps while office space is going cheap. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 12 Mar. 2021 His challenge will be to enthuse his conservative base to reelect the state’s two incumbent senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, 26 Nov. 2020 And Ms Warren, especially, has a raft of detailed policy ideas that could enthuse large numbers of Democrats. A.r. | Chicago, The Economist, 10 July 2019 One of those plays sent a leaping, enthused Love onto the floor in a fist-pumping craze. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 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, 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, 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, 2 Mar. 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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“Enthuse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enthuse. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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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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