enchant

verb
en·​chant | \ in-ˈchant How to pronounce enchant (audio) , en- \
enchanted; enchanting; enchants

Definition of enchant

transitive verb

1 : to influence by or as if by charms and incantation : bewitch
2 : to attract and move deeply : rouse to ecstatic admiration the scene enchanted her to the point of tears— Elinor Wylie

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attract, allure, charm, captivate, fascinate, enchant mean to draw another by exerting a powerful influence. attract applies to any degree or kind of ability to exert influence over another. students attracted by the school's locale allure implies an enticing by what is fair, pleasing, or seductive. an alluring smile charm implies the power of casting a spell over the person or thing affected and so compelling a response charmed by their hospitality , but it may, like captivate, suggest no more than evoking delight or admiration. her performances captivated audiences fascinate suggests a magical influence and tends to stress the ineffectiveness of attempts to resist. a story that continues to fascinate children enchant is perhaps the strongest of these terms in stressing the appeal of the agent and the degree of delight evoked in the subject. hopelessly enchanted by her beauty

Examples of enchant in a Sentence

The book has enchanted children for almost a century. The beauty of the place enchants.
Recent Examples on the Web The lunar landscape, the dusty village with its dark, smoky interiors, the eerily placid sea shimmering marvelously in the moonlight — the film’s textures, all shot in black-and-white, enchant us with their spectral beauty. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 10 July 2021 Eric also revealed that Loki and Sylvie joining hands to enchant Alioth in episode 5 arrived late in the game. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, 9 July 2021 Although the witch has the ability to enchant people, there’s no sign of her physical form beyond a few flashbacks. Danielle Broadway, Los Angeles Times, 2 July 2021 The flaws of each character will surprise and perhaps even enchant you — and only a clairvoyant could anticipate the book’s ending. New York Times, 19 May 2021 With endearing characters, lovely scenes, and maybe a bit of a moral to chew on, Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom will enchant readers old and new. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 9 May 2021 The cities that most enchant me wear their histories on their sleeves. Gisela Williams, Travel + Leisure, 8 May 2021 To jumpstart your dive into this historic region, here is a tour in words and pictures of four wineries sure to enchant and delight. Shelby Knick, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 But honestly, these animals continue to enchant, every single time. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 31 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of enchant

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for enchant

Middle English, from Anglo-French enchanter, from Latin incantare, from in- + cantare to sing — more at chant

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“Enchant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enchant. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for enchant

enchant

verb

English Language Learners Definition of enchant

: to attract and hold the attention of (someone) by being interesting, pretty, etc.
: to put a magic spell on (someone or something)

enchant

verb
en·​chant | \ in-ˈchant How to pronounce enchant (audio) \
enchanted; enchanting

Kids Definition of enchant

1 : to put under a spell by or as if by magic : bewitch … the Wicked Witch enchanted my axe …— L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
2 : to please greatly : delight The story enchanted us.

Other Words from enchant

enchantment \ -​mənt \ noun

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