\ 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 rapt (audio) \ adverb
raptness \ ˈrap(t)-​nəs How to pronounce rapt (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 To be sure, automakers were paying rapt attention to how their new wares were being perceived. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 16 Aug. 2021 Here are seven players to keep an especially close eye Thursday night, beginning with a two-for-one special everyone will be watching with rapt attention. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Aug. 2021 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf to a rapt dinner table, giving us more to sink our teeth into during one night in La Quinta than the last three seasons combined. Jodi Walker, EW.com, 22 July 2021 Thankfully, the academy seems to have been just as rapt as the rest of us were. Washington Post, 13 July 2021 Classical luminaries took the stage in a procession of powerhouse performances to a rapt Midori. Washington Post, 2 June 2021 In this world, however—initially set in the 1960s—the Soviets are the ones who take that giant leap before a rapt and tearful world. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 5 May 2021 Bloom was hired to pay rapt attention to the five-year plan. BostonGlobe.com, 6 June 2021 Needless to say, the audience is left breathless by Mr. Milloy’s performance, and now waits in rapt anticipation for Act II. Robert G. Eccles, Forbes, 29 May 2021

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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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“Rapt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapt. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rapt

: 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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