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verb (used with object), en·rap·tured, en·rap·tur·ing.
  1. to move to rapture; delight beyond measure: We were enraptured by her singing.
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Origin of enrapture

First recorded in 1730–40; en-1 + rapture
Related formsen·rap·tured·ly, adverbun·en·rap·tured, adjective

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Related Words for enrapture

bewitch, elate, fascinate, enthrall, beguile, enchant, enamor, gratify, entrance, rejoice, allure, ravish, please, send, delight, score, charm, gladden, spellbind, attract

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Historical Examples of enrapture

  • He was surrounded by all that could enchant the eye and enrapture the imagination.

    Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II.

    Pierce Egan

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

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for enrapture


  1. (tr) to fill with delight; enchant
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Word Origin and History for enrapture


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

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