\ ˈrapt How to pronounce rapt (audio) \

Definition of rapt

1 : lifted up and carried away
2 : transported with emotion : enraptured
3 : wholly absorbed : engrossed

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Other Words from rapt

raptly \ ˈrap(t)-​lē How to pronounce raptly (audio) \ adverb
raptness \ ˈrap(t)-​nəs How to pronounce raptness (audio) \ noun

Examples of rapt in a Sentence

The students listened with rapt attention. The children sat rapt as the puppets danced.
Recent Examples on the Web The letters, revealed in Bob Woodward's new book, reveal a rapt diplomatic courtship between the two leaders. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for September 10: Trump, coronavirus, USPS, China, Rohingya," 10 Sep. 2020 As with many pursuits that require rapt attention, the rest of the world vanishes as the hunt for this timeless treasure becomes all-consuming. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become an Amateur Gold Miner," 27 Aug. 2020 Like the Joker, Kurt delights in sowing chaos, and Kurt shares his dreams of a rapt audience with Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Spree Is Nasty, Clever Satire for the Influencer Era," 12 Aug. 2020 In fact, Abby remembered the word from a story Fowler had read to the class weeks before, about a Viking boy whose father was a blacksmith—a story all the kids had followed with rapt attention. Natalie Wexler, The Atlantic, "How to Show Kids the Joy of Reading," 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of rapt

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rapt

Middle English, from Latin raptus, past participle of rapere to seize — more at rapid

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The first known use of rapt was in the 14th century

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18 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rapt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapt. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rapt

literary + formal : showing complete interest in something
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Kids Definition of rapt

: showing complete delight or interest They listened with rapt attention.

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