enthuse

verb

en·​thuse in-ˈthüz How to pronounce enthuse (audio)
en-,
 also  -ˈthyüz
enthused; enthusing

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
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.

Example Sentences

“This dinner is wonderful!” he enthused. His presentation failed to enthuse the committee.
Recent Examples on the Web There’s something about crisp shirts, tailored khaki pants and classic blazers that enthuse optimism in my brain, even if corporate offices and boardrooms are not the most alluring places to be in. Frances Solá-santiago, refinery29.com, 16 Nov. 2022 What remains to enthuse about, from the festival’s first week, is a trio of films that share provocative approaches to the cinematic representation of facts—three radical varieties of epistemic cinema. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 29 Sep. 2022 Yet how much the APE shares will enthuse meme traders is unknown. Lucy Brewster, Fortune, 24 Aug. 2022 Instead of infuriating and alienating web users, companies can enthuse, engage and delight them. Michael Adair, Forbes, 13 May 2022 Analysts say earnings of Indian corporates in the December quarter so far have failed to enthuse. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 24 Jan. 2022 Feel free to extemporize, enthuse and connect with people, rather than overwork the data. Palena Neale, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 The judges are slightly lukewarm about the tango, though all of them enthuse that Jimmie has a lot of potential. Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2021 But the birth-order effect seems to particularly enthuse and preoccupy us. Lynn Berger, Time, 13 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

back-formation from enthusiasm

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of enthuse was in 1827

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Cite this Entry

“Enthuse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enthuse. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

enthuse

verb

en·​thuse in-ˈth(y)üz How to pronounce enthuse (audio)
enthused; enthusing
1
: to make enthusiastic
2
: to show enthusiasm

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