Definition of enthral in English:

enthral

(US enthrall)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Capture the fascinated attention of.

    ‘she had been so enthralled by the adventure that she had hardly noticed the cold’
    • ‘His conceit and awful orange hair will carry on enthralling a worldwide audience.’
    • ‘She practiced religiously, gathered confidence, was enthralled by her new adventure.’
    • ‘There are many stories of caddies that enthral and captivate but one of my favourites concerns the application of suitable nicknames by caddies to their peers.’
    • ‘Still, she was pretty, and pretty seemed to be enough to enthrall Fabian's attention.’
    • ‘It's not bad exposition, and it's enthralling in a ‘listening to the stories of an old school friend you've met at the pub’ kind of way.’
    • ‘Any reader would be enthralled by the story and find themselves rapidly taking it in.’
    • ‘But the eye is dazzled and enthralled by the super-massive black hole that lives deep within the core of the Milky Way.’
    • ‘The result is about as enthralling a story as the life of an English professor can reasonably be.’
    • ‘Our past is something which intrigues, enthrals and captivates us and if for no other reason, history is important because it is interesting to the vast majority of us.’
    • ‘The grand finale brought a beguiled and enthralled audience to their feet for a standing ovation.’
    • ‘The story enthrals you from the first page to the last as the plot unravels at a speedy pace.’
    • ‘He can enthrall you with a story from his past, and knows the ways of the bush the way city people know the way home from work.’
    • ‘From language tutorial CDs through rhymes and stories that enthral toddlers to CDs providing information on home improvement and interior design, the show screams assortment.’
    • ‘The older man would suddenly sit down and begin a story that would enthrall you so completely, you had no knowledge of the passing of time.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, a steady stream of tourists question the participants, and are enthralled and delighted at the aims of the march.’
    • ‘On the way here, she had been enthralled, mesmerised, spellbound by the area.’
    • ‘Our first reaction is enthralled delight, but then ominous overtones register.’
    • ‘The event promises to enthral the fraternity of adventure freaks, spectators and participants.’
    • ‘I love it when books engross and enthrall you like that.’
    • ‘He could bring his stories to life and enthralled many with his memories from former times.’
    captivate, charm, enchant, bewitch, fascinate, beguile, entrance, enrapture, delight, attract, allure, lure
    fascinating, entrancing, enchanting, bewitching, captivating, charming, beguiling, enrapturing
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  • 2archaic Enslave.

    ‘it is as hard and dangerous to inthrall a people that would live free’
    sell into slavery, condemn to slavery, take away someone's human rights, disenfranchise, condemn to servitude
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘enslave’; formerly also as inthrall): from en-, in- (as an intensifier) + thrall.

Pronunciation

enthral

/ɛnˈθrɔːl//ɪnˈθrɔːl/