- deeply engrossed or absorbed: a rapt listener.
- transported with emotion; enraptured: rapt with joy.
- showing or proceeding from rapture: a rapt smile.
- carried off spiritually to another place, sphere of existence, etc.
Origin of rapt
SynonymsSee more synonyms for rapt on Thesaurus.com
- to strike, especially with a quick, smart, or light blow: He rapped the door with his cane.
- to utter sharply or vigorously: to rap out a command.
- (of a spirit summoned by a medium) to communicate (a message) by raps (often followed by out).
- Slang. to criticize sharply: Critics could hardly wait to rap the play.
- Slang. to arrest, detain, or sentence for a crime.
- Metallurgy. to jar (a pattern) loose from a sand mold.
- to knock smartly or lightly, especially so as to make a noise: to rap on a door.
- Slang. to talk or discuss, especially freely, openly, or volubly; chat.
- Slang. to talk rhythmically to the beat of rap music.
- a quick, smart, or light blow: a rap on the knuckles with a ruler.
- the sound produced by such a blow: They heard a loud rap at the door.
- Slang. blame or punishment, especially for a crime.
- Slang. a criminal charge: a murder rap.
- Slang. response, reception, or judgment: The product has been getting a very bad rap.
- a talk, conversation, or discussion; chat.
- talk designed to impress, convince, etc.; spiel: a high-pressure sales rap.
- rap music.
- beat the rap, Slang. to succeed in evading the penalty for a crime; be acquitted: The defendant calmly insisted that he would beat the rap.
- take the rap, Slang. to take the blame and punishment for a crime committed by another: He took the rap for the burglary.
Origin of rap1
- to carry off; transport.
- to transport with rapture.
- to seize for oneself; snatch.
Origin of rap3
Examples from the Web for rapt
Ali walked up and hugged Gil, and the pair discussed music and racism and current events before a rapt audience.‘The Prince of Chocolate City’: When Gil Scott-Heron Became A Music Icon
November 15, 2014
Golden Age-of-TV evangelists prate on about which glorified soap operas are most deserving of our rapt attention.America’s Meddlers Are Our Worst Enemies
October 3, 2014
The crowd in Powell's was rapt—when it wasn't doubled over in laughter.Reza Aslan’s Sweet Revenge
July 31, 2013
Iran's nuclear plan is progressing," he told a rapt audience, but added, "Iran is being careful not to cross any red lines.What The Head Of Israel's Military Intelligence Thinks Of Iran
March 14, 2013
Familiar with this horrendous chapter in history, the Israelis followed the commentary and exhibits mostly in rapt silence.Looking Each Other in the Eye
Emily L. Hauser
September 20, 2012
Every woman will read the story of my life with rapt attention because of the Secret.The Bacillus of Beauty
That night, she lay awake for one rapt hour, and then she slept the sleep of conquerors.Tiverton Tales
Dorcas was alive to the rapt contagion, and her own blood thrilled.Meadow Grass
We stood in rapt contemplation for a few moments, and then walked away.Wilfrid Cumbermede
His ear drank in the voice of the tempest; he was rapt in attention to the roaring thunder.Imogen
- totally absorbed; engrossed; spellbound, esp through or as if through emotionrapt with wonder
- characterized by or proceeding from rapturea rapt smile
- Also: wrapped Australian and NZ informal very pleased: delighted
- to strike (a fist, stick, etc) against (something) with a sharp quick blow; knockhe rapped at the door
- (intr) to make a sharp loud sound, esp by knocking
- (tr) to rebuke or criticize sharply
- (tr foll by out) to put (forth) in sharp rapid speech; utter in an abrupt fashionto rap out orders
- (intr) slang to talk, esp volubly
- (intr) to perform a rhythmic monologue with a musical backing
- rap over the knuckles to reprimand
- a sharp quick blow or the sound produced by such a blow
- a sharp rebuke or criticism
- slang voluble talk; chatterstop your rap
- a fast, rhythmic monologue over a prerecorded instrumental track
- (as modifier)rap music
- slang a legal charge or case
- beat the rap US and Canadian slang to escape punishment or be acquitted of a crime
- take the rap slang to suffer the consequences of a mistake, misdeed, or crime, whether guilty or not
- (used with a negative) the least amount (esp in the phrase not to care a rap)
Word Origin and History for rapt
late 14c., "carried away in an ecstatic trance," from Latin raptus, past participle of rapere "seize, carry off" (see rape (v.)). A figurative sense, the notion is of "carried up into Heaven (bodily or in a dream)," as in a saint's vision. Latin literal sense of "carried away" was in English from 1550s. In 15c.-17c. the word also sometimes could mean "raped." Sense of "engrossed" first recorded c.1500. As a past participle adjective, in English it spawned the back-formed verb rap "to affect with rapture," which was common c.1600-1750.
c.1300, "a quick, light blow, stroke," also "a fart" (late 15c.), native or borrowed from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish rap, Swedish rapp "light blow"); either way probably of imitative origin (cf. slap, clap).
Slang meaning "rebuke, blame, responsibility" is from 1777; specific meaning "criminal indictment" (cf. rap sheet, 1960) is from 1903. To beat the rap is from 1927. Meaning "music with improvised words" first in New York City slang, 1979 (see rap (v.2)).
mid-14c., "strike, smite, knock," from rap (n.). Related: Rapped; rapping. To rap (someone's) knuckles "give light punishment" is from 1749. Related: Rapped; rapping.
"talk informally, chat," 1929, popularized c.1965 in Black English, possibly first in Caribbean English and from British slang meaning "say, utter" (1879), originally "to utter a sudden oath" (1540s), ultimately from rap (n.). As a noun in this sense from 1898. Meaning "to perform rap music" is recorded by 1979. Related: Rapped; rapping.
A form of pop music characterized by spoken or chanted rhymed lyrics, with a syncopated, repetitive accompaniment. Rap music originated in the second half of the twentieth century in black urban communities. (See also hip-hop.)