rapt

[ rapt ]
/ ræpt /

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

SYNONYMS FOR rapt

2 ecstatic, spellbound, bewitched.

Related forms

rapt·ly, adverbrapt·ness, noun

Can be confused

rapped rapt wrapped wrapt
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British Dictionary definitions for raptly (1 of 2)

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 Forms

raptly, adverb

Word Origin for rapt

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

British Dictionary definitions for raptly (2 of 2)

rapt

2
/ (ræpt) /

adjective

Also: wrapped Australian and NZ informal very pleased: delighted
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