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enchant

[en-chant, -chahnt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to subject to magical influence; bewitch: fairytales about witches who enchant handsome princes and beautiful maidens.
  2. to delight to a high degree: Her gaiety and wit have enchanted us all.
  3. to impart a magic quality or effect to.

Origin of enchant

1325–75; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French enchanter < Latin incantāre to put a spell on; see incantation
Related formsun·en·chant·ed, adjective

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2. fascinate, attract; captivate, enrapture.
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British Dictionary definitions for enchant

enchant

verb (tr)
  1. to cast a spell on; bewitch
  2. to delight or captivate utterly; fascinate; charm
Derived Formsenchanter, nounenchantress, fem n

Word Origin

C14: from Old French enchanter, from Latin incantāre to chant a spell, from cantāre to chant, from canere to sing
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Word Origin and History for enchant

v.

late 14c., literal and figurative, from Old French enchanter "bewitch, charm, cast a spell" (12c.), from Latin incantare (see enchantment). Or perhaps a back-formation from enchantment. Related: Enchanting; enchantingly. Enchanted in weakened sense of "delighted" is from 1590s.

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