en·​thu·​si·​as·​tic | \ in-ˌthü-zē-ˈa-stik, en- also -ˌthyü-\

Definition of enthusiastic 

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

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enthusiastically \ in-​ˌthü-​zē-​ˈa-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē , 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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To say that Outlander fans are enthusiastic is something of an understatement. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "New SCAD Exhibit Offers Outlander Fans the Chance to See This Season's Costumes Before They Air," 18 Nov. 2018 By contrast, Colts General Manager Chris Ballard was less enthusiastic about the prospect of trading down when asked Wednesday. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "What the Browns and Giants could do ahead of the Colts in the 2018 NFL Draft," 1 Mar. 2018 Needless to say, responses on social media have been, well, less than enthusiastic. Mekita Rivas, Allure, "The Internet Is Dragging These $530-Dollar Sneakers That Look Like They're Taped Together," 20 Sep. 2018 This attitude of skeptical resentment also makes populism a fertile field for the work of conspiracy theorists and other enthusiastic apostates from civic convention. Fox News, "'Every Man a King: A Short, Colorful History of American Populists' by Chris Stirewalt," 10 Sep. 2018 The program for Big Sing California will have something for everyone, with an emphasis on accessibility for the thousands of participants who are enthusiastic amateurs. Anthony Barcellos, sacbee, "How Big Sing California aims to bring joy to six cities and 10,000 performers," 13 July 2018 Companies like Wag! and Rover connect enthusiastic animal-aficionados with dog-owners interested in hiring people for day-to-day services like dog walks, or long-term services, like pet-sitting. Alessandra Puccio /, NBC News, "Finding your (hidden) value," 13 July 2018 Nancy Clancy is an enthusiastic young girl who LOVES to be fancy in all things — vocabulary, apparel and more. Taylor Seely, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: Watch this 'Fancy Nancy' sneak-peek clip before show premieres on Disney Junior Friday, July 13," 12 July 2018 Pigs come with their own unique set of needs, behaviors, and quirks, which, for many new enthusiastic owners, comes as a big surprise. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "8 Things You Should Know Before Adopting a Mini Pig," 12 July 2018

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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, -ˌthyü-\

Kids Definition of enthusiastic

: feeling strong excitement about something : full of enthusiasm

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