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enamor

[ih-nam-er]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to fill or inflame with love (usually used in the passive and followed by of or sometimes with): to be enamored of a certain lady; a brilliant woman with whom he became enamored.
  2. to charm or captivate.
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Also especially British, en·am·our.

Origin of enamor

1350–1400; Middle English enamouren < Old French enamourer. See en-1, amour
Related formsen·am·ored·ness; especially British, en·am·oured·ness, nounhalf-en·am·ored, adjectiveo·ver·en·am·ored, adjectiveself-en·am·ored, adjectiveun·en·am·ored, adjective

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2. fascinate, bewitch, enchant, enrapture.
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enamour

US enamor

verb
  1. (tr; usually passive and foll by of) to inspire with love; captivate; charm
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French enamourer, from amour love, from Latin amor
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Word Origin and History for enamour

v.

chiefly British English form of enamor; for spelling, see -or. Related: Enamoured.

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enamor

v.

c.1300, from Old French enamorer "to fall in love with; to inspire love (12c., Modern French enamourer), from en-, causative prefix (see en- (1)), + amour "love," from amare "to love" (see Amy). An equivalent formation to Provençal, Spanish, Portuguese enamorar, Italian innamorare.

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