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enthuse

[en-thooz]
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verb (used without object), en·thused, en·thus·ing.
  1. to be or become enthusiastic; show enthusiasm: All the neighbors enthused over the new baby.
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verb (used with object), en·thused, en·thus·ing.
  1. to cause to become enthusiastic.
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Origin of enthuse

1820–30, Americanism; back formation from enthusiasm
Related formsqua·si-en·thused, adjectiveun·en·thused, 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.
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Related Words

excited, eager

Examples from the Web for enthused

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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.

  • "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

enthuse

verb
  1. to feel or show or cause to feel or show enthusiasm
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Word Origin and History for enthused

enthuse

v.

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

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