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: Usage Guide

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.

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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 As word of the promotion spread on social media, millennials were less than enthused by the team’s efforts. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Minor league team makes millennials angry with its Millennial Night promotion," 12 July 2018 Asked about about such a matchup, Hurley wasn't enthused. Doug Haller, azcentral, "ASU notes: Pac-12 basketball coaches unsure on 20-game conference schedule," 2 May 2018 Rather than approach Kim as a pariah, Trump showered him with respect and even flattery, enthused to shake hands with a monstrous figure in part, perhaps, because his monstrosity is his source of power. Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "In a bid for history, Trump flatters North Korea's totalitarian leader," 12 June 2018 While students were, like today, not all that enthused with authority, they were horrified by the death of a popular professor. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, "A masked shooter. A campus killing. And a manhunt 159 years before Columbine.," 20 Apr. 2018 Watching the footage, Liverpool fans can be and are enthused at the prospect of Mohamed Salah facing up against Marcelo. SI.com, "Liverpool Fans Delighted by Marcelo's Erratic Defending in Real Madrid's Final League Match," 20 May 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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