en·​thu·​si·​as·​tic | \ in-ˌthü-zē-ˈa-stik How to pronounce enthusiastic (audio) , en- also -ˌthyü-\

Definition of enthusiastic

: filled with or marked by enthusiasm enthusiastic supporters an enthusiastic recommendation

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Other Words from enthusiastic

enthusiastically \ in-​ˌthü-​zē-​ˈa-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce enthusiastically (audio) , en-​ also  -​ˌthyü-​ \ adverb

Examples of enthusiastic in a Sentence

They were enthusiastic supporters of the president. I'm not wildly enthusiastic about your latest idea. She received an enthusiastic welcome.
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Though the Lakers were enthusiastic in trying to make a deal, then Pelicans general manager Dell Demps was less so. latimes.com, "Lakers to acquire NBA superstar Anthony Davis in trade with Pelicans," 15 June 2019 For Pelicans fans, Hart and Ingram being seemingly enthusiastic about the deal is a stark contrast to the last major trade the Pelicans made with a Los Angeles franchise. Andrew Lopez, nola.com, "Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart react to Pelicans’ trade on Instagram," 15 June 2019 Most people are more than enthusiastic to trade some of their crop for ice cream! Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Give rhubarb, get Wild Scoops ice cream. Also, where to get the season’s first strawberries.," 13 June 2019 In Milwaukee, Chris Her-Xiong, the principal and executive director of the Hmong American Peace Academy, an independent charter school within Milwaukee Public Schools, was similarly enthusiastic. David D. Haynes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin needs more kids to take computer science. Can a Microsoft program help make that happen?," 6 June 2019 As for Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, the Interstellar actress is a little less enthusiastic. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jessica Chastain Has a Genius Theory for the Game of Thrones Finale," 19 May 2019 Remarkably, given the starry cast, but deservedly, the cheers for him at the curtain call were the most enthusiastic by far. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: A Conductor Sets Munich’s Ashen ‘Parsifal’ Aflame," 1 July 2018 In its final days, a Phoenix Toys R Us is still bringing moments of joy to its enthusiastic — but dwindling — customer base. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "With metro Phoenix closures looming, Toys R Us customers prepare to say goodbye," 11 Mar. 2018 Riccardo was immediately super-exuberant and enthusiastic about the notion. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ezra Miller's Incredible Met Gala Makeup Look is Giving Us a Headache," 7 May 2019

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First Known Use of enthusiastic

1603, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of enthusiastic

: feeling or showing strong excitement about something : filled with or marked by enthusiasm


en·​thu·​si·​as·​tic | \ in-ˌthü-zē-ˈa-stik How to pronounce enthusiastic (audio) , -ˌthyü-\

Kids Definition of enthusiastic

: feeling strong excitement about something : full of enthusiasm

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