enthuse

verb en·thuse \ in-ˈthüz , en- also -ˈthyüz \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of enthuse

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.


Examples of enthuse in a Sentence

  1. “This dinner is wonderful!” he enthused.

  2. His presentation failed to enthuse the committee.

Recent Examples of enthuse from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of enthuse

back-formation from enthusiasm

enthuse Synonyms

Synonyms
drool, effuse, gush, fuss, rave, rhapsodize, slobber
Related Words
dote (on), fawn; emote

ENTHUSE Defined for English Language Learners

enthuse

verb

Definition of enthuse for English Language Learners

  • : to say (something) with enthusiasm

  • : to show enthusiasm : to talk about something with enthusiasm

  • : to make (someone) enthusiastic



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