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[en-thooz] /ɛnˈθuz/
verb (used without object), enthused, enthusing.
to be or become enthusiastic; show enthusiasm:
All the neighbors enthused over the new baby.
verb (used with object), enthused, enthusing.
to cause to become enthusiastic.
Origin of enthuse
1820-30, Americanism; back formation from enthusiasm
Related forms
quasi-enthused, adjective
unenthused, adjective
Usage note
The verb enthuse is a 19th-century back formation from the noun enthusiasm. Originally an Americanism, enthuse is now standard and well established in the speech and all but the most formal writing of educated persons, in both Britain and the United States. It is used as a transitive verb meaning “to cause to become enthusiastic” (The liveliness of the dance enthused the audience) and as an intransitive verb meaning “to show enthusiasm” (She enthused warmly over his performance). Despite its long history and frequent occurrence, however, enthuse is still strongly disapproved of by many. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "You shall know the most wonderful girl of all," enthused Helen.

    Jane Allen: Center Edith Bancroft
  • By the look on my wife's face I could tell that she was enthused, too.

    Those Times And These Irvin S. Cobb
  • "Swell," enthused Neil, this time his face twisted into a grimace of pleasure.

    All In The Mind Gene L. Henderson
  • Captain Clarke got him all enthused; the Captain promised to write, too.

  • Hautecoeur was talking with an enthused fervor that swept him into metaphor.

    The Key to Yesterday

    Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for enthused


to feel or show or cause to feel or show enthusiasm
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for enthused



1827, American English, back-formation from enthusiasm. Originally often humorous or with affected ignorance. Related: enthused; enthusing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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