rapt

[ rapt ]
/ ræpt /
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adjective

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

1350–1400; Middle English (past participle of rapen to carry off, abduct, rape) < Latin raptus seized, carried off (past participle of rapere), equivalent to rap- (see rape1) + -tus past participle suffix
Related formsrapt·ly, adverbrapt·ness, noun
Can be confusedrapped rapt wrapped wrapt

Definition for rapt (2 of 3)

rap

1
[ rap ]
/ ræp /

verb (used with object), rapped, rap·ping.

verb (used without object), rapped, rap·ping.

noun

Origin of rap

1
1300–50; 1960–65 for def 8; Middle English rappen (v.), rap(p)e (noun); akin to Swedish rappa to beat, drub, German rappeln to rattle; senses “to talk,” “conversation, talk” perhaps of distinct orig., though the hypothesis that it is a shortening of repartee is questionable
Can be confusedrap wraprapped rapt wrapped

Definition for rapt (3 of 3)

rap

3
[ rap ]
/ ræp /

verb (used with object), rapped or rapt, rap·ping. Archaic.

to carry off; transport.
to transport with rapture.
to seize for oneself; snatch.

Origin of rap

3
First recorded in 1520–30; back formation from rapt
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British Dictionary definitions for rapt (1 of 5)

rapt

1
/ (ræpt) /

adjective

totally absorbed; engrossed; spellbound, esp through or as if through emotionrapt with wonder
characterized by or proceeding from rapturea rapt smile
Derived Formsraptly, adverb

Word Origin for rapt

C14: from Latin raptus carried away, from rapere to seize; see rape 1

British Dictionary definitions for rapt (2 of 5)

rapt

2
/ (ræpt) /

adjective

Also: wrapped Australian and NZ informal very pleased: delighted

British Dictionary definitions for rapt (3 of 5)

rap

1
/ (ræp) /

verb raps, rapping or rapped

noun

Derived Formsrapping, noun

Word Origin for rap

C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish rappa to beat

British Dictionary definitions for rapt (4 of 5)

rap

2
/ (ræp) /

noun

(used with a negative) the least amount (esp in the phrase not to care a rap)

Word Origin for rap

C18: probably from ropaire counterfeit coin formerly current in Ireland

British Dictionary definitions for rapt (5 of 5)

rap

3
/ (ræp) /

verb, noun

Australian informal a variant spelling of wrap (def. 8), wrap (def. 14)
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Culture definitions for rapt

rap


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.)

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Idioms and Phrases with rapt

rap


In addition to the idiom beginning with rap

  • rap someone's knuckles

also see:

  • beat the rap
  • bum rap
  • not give a damn (rap)
  • take the rap
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