: lifted up and carried away
: transported with emotion : enraptured
: wholly absorbed : engrossed
raptly adverb
raptness 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 Whether gazing in rapt widescreen across wondrous ancient structures, ruined recent cityscapes or the oceanic shift and shake of a stone quarry in action, this is blatantly dazzling, epic-scale filmmaking that nonetheless invites viewers to consider the implications of our awe. Guy Lodge, Variety, 19 Feb. 2024 On its most basic level, literature instills in us the capacity to be rapt and beholden to a stranger’s voice, to do everything possible to hear and heed that voice in such a way that it is permitted to illuminate something. New York Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Here the otherwise highly energized quintet focuses rapt attention by singing on stools, sitting without movement or expression. Christopher Smith, Orange County Register, 29 Jan. 2024 But the audience, which organizers estimated to be around 400 people, was rapt in their chairs through the whole running time, never seeming to uncouple from the events onscreen. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 Simpson was also paying rapt attention to the TVs when Taylor Swift nabbed her first award of the night for best pop vocal album for Midnights and subsequently surprised everyone by announcing a brand new album, The Tortured Poets Department, coming out April 19. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 5 Feb. 2024 In the afternoons, children cluster around tables in rapt attention as counselors explain the arcane rules for imaginary worlds. Anusha Bayya, New York Times, 27 Dec. 2023 Trump sat in rapt attention as Bartov lauded his financial statements. Graham Kates, CBS News, 7 Dec. 2023 And in front of a rapt audience, whether sitting in the orchestra or in the second-to-last row, their talent towers. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 28 Nov. 2023

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Word History


Middle English, "carried off (of a soul to heaven)," borrowed from Latin raptus, past participle of rapere "to seize and carry off, take away by force, carry or sweep along" (Medieval Latin also "to carry away [a soul to heaven]") — more at rapid entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Rapt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapt. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: showing complete delight or interest
listened with rapt attention
raptly adverb
raptness noun

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