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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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Related Words

enchantedfascinatedfondhookeddevotedgoneinfatuatedcharmedsmittenbewitchedtakenlovingattractedentrancedenrapturedamorousbesotteddotty

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  • So at least thought Mendel, and so thought a score of enamored youths beside.

    Rabbi and Priest

    Milton Goldsmith

  • "Surrounded by enamored admirers, no doubt," remarked the clerk.

    Eventide

    Effie Afton

  • Seizing her by the arm, she lifted her on her shoulder and ran off with her to the enamored prince.

  • He described the particulars of his person with the detail of one enamored of a hero.

    The Dead Command

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • Then the enamored old gentleman kissed her hand, and took his leave.

    City Crimes

    Greenhorn


Word Origin and History for enamored

adj.

1630s, past participle adjective from enamor.

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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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