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[en-rap-cher] /ɛnˈræp tʃər/
verb (used with object), enraptured, enrapturing.
to move to rapture; delight beyond measure:
We were enraptured by her singing.
Origin of enrapture
First recorded in 1730-40; en-1 + rapture
Related forms
enrapturedly, adverb
unenraptured, adjective
enthrall, transport, entrance, enchant. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He was surrounded by all that could enchant the eye and enrapture the imagination.

  • There is little that does not enrapture them, if you tie them down to nothing, and let them try all.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • And yet, even in this state, they enrapture those who behold them.

  • Such pretty maneuvering of horse and foot took place below Holyrood Palace as quite to enrapture a terrier.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • The sight of a modern monument throws one into melancholy even while an ancient one has not ceased to enrapture.

  • Her face was lovely and animated enough to enrapture a Raffaelle, and her fortune ample enough to captivate a Rothschild.

  • The very smallness of her stature, with its perfect symmetry, had also gone far to enrapture him.

    The Landleaguers

    Anthony Trollope
  • At first the work did not enrapture me, for I could not see the use of spending so much time upon breathing.

  • “I will enrapture you with a thousand hexameters declaratory of my incommunicable affections,” shouted the prolific versifier.

    Lady Eureka, v. 2 (of 3) Robert Folkestone Williams
  • Meantime, the girl was making a toilet of vast and artful simplicity wherewith to enrapture the eye of the beholder.

    The Clarion Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for enrapture


(transitive) to fill with delight; enchant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for enrapture

1740, from en- (1) + rapture. Related: Enraptured.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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