\ 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 On April 7, 2021, the world’s scientific community watched with rapt attention as scientists based at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory presented a research result that the science media reported heavily. Don Lincoln, Forbes, "Recent Reports Of Overturned Scientific Theory Are Premature," 17 Apr. 2021 Her eyes embrace the ups and downs of the movement with the rapt intensity of an orchestra musician following a conductor. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Please, can we all listen to some Brahms and learn to get along," 9 Dec. 2020 The video was directed by Tony Reames and features old footage of the late A Tribe Called Rapper spitting the spirited track (including for a rapt audience at a diner table). Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, "Watch the New Video for Phife Dawg’s Posthumous Track ‘Nutshell Part 2’," 22 Mar. 2021 Is there any praise higher than rapt attention from another musician? Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Harry Styles Was Everyone’s Best Friend at the 2021 Grammys," 15 Mar. 2021 Above him are King James I of England, the Sultan of Turkey and – uppermost at left, the object of Jahangir’s rapt attention – Shaikh Hussain. Washington Post, "A Mughal masterpiece," 3 Mar. 2021 One of the young people who paid rapt attention to him was Jamie Bernstein, one of Mr. Bernstein’s three children. New York Times, "Young People’s Concerts,," 4 Mar. 2021 People that own stocks of automakers are likely watching the unfolding situation with rapt attention. Lance Eliot, Forbes, "Massive Boon In Computer Chip Shortages Will Slam Future Self-Driving Car Rollouts," 2 Mar. 2021 Indigenous Americans have followed Haaland’s confirmation with rapt attention. Joseph Morton, Benjamin J. Hulac, Anchorage Daily News, "Interior pick Deb Haaland wins key Manchin endorsement as GOP grouses," 25 Feb. 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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The first known use of rapt was in the 14th century

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28 Apr 2021

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“Rapt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapt. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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