Definition of enchant in US English:

enchant

verb

[with object]
  • 1Fill (someone) with great delight; charm.

    ‘Isabel was enchanted with the idea’
    • ‘Following the traditional fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty and with the musical score by Tchaikovsky, the performance is certain to enchant audiences of all ages.’
    • ‘This is evidence that buyers are enchanted by connections with the famous, however tenuous.’
    • ‘David was enchanted with his beautiful young bride and she in turn appeared to be very happy with her new life in Britain.’
    • ‘New acquaintances are genuinely enchanted by my son's name and that tickles me.’
    • ‘My goal is to create dazzling, juicy watercolors that enchant the viewer,’ she said.’’
    • ‘Completely enchanted, they watched the diver from the comfort of the viewing tunnel.’
    • ‘He loved dogs and was completely enchanted by Lacy's affable personality.’
    • ‘The changing light patterns will enchant people of all ages,’ he adds.’
    • ‘It has the royal rose, the fascinating lily, the alluring ‘mogra’, and a host of other colourful flowers which enchant visitors.’
    • ‘From the moment I read that book I was enchanted with the heroism and gallantry and poetry of Collins's life.’
    • ‘Reia gazed out the window, her eyes enchanted by the world's serene beauty.’
    • ‘Sargent captured her youthful spirit and the complicated charm that so enchanted Parisian society.’
    • ‘Young international ballerinas in colorful leotards begin the evening with an excitement that enchanted the audience.’
    • ‘He enchanted the audience with his sonorous voice and his evocations of Milan.’
    • ‘I don't know much about her other than that she is a BBC radio personality and has a name that forever captivates and enchants me.’
    • ‘And Alex was equally enchanted by this woman at his side.’
    • ‘The dream of flight has enchanted humans since ancient times.’
    • ‘He is able to capture what's unusual and different and remains deeply enchanted by Asia.’
    • ‘What is it about Faberge that still enchants us today?’
    • ‘How is it that a story deceives us with its deliberate motive of telling lies, yet entices us, enchants us with delight and relief?’
    captivate, charm, delight, dazzle, enrapture, entrance, enthral, beguile, bewitch, spellbind, ensnare, fascinate, hypnotize, mesmerize
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    1. 1.1 Put (someone or something) under a spell.
      ‘an enchanted garden’
      • ‘Wizardry was the art of manipulating objects, doing things such as creating fires and enchanting items.’
      • ‘The lights in the room danced as if some mystical creature had enchanted them.’
      • ‘The lightning bolt found its mark, but was defeated by one of the many enchanted items she wore.’
      • ‘It must create a magnificent spell that could enchant the whole land.’
      • ‘It wasn't only beautiful, but scary, too, as the best enchanted worlds should be.’
      • ‘The inside of the cottage was much larger than the outside and she new at once that it was enchanted.’
      • ‘He enjoyed wandering that enchanted planet, taking in the magic.’
      • ‘This suit is enchanted so it changes with you and it never rips apart.’
      • ‘Kim also enchanted his swords, giving them a keener edge and a hint of water to them.’
      • ‘Isn't there a Druid spell that enchants a cloak to help protect you against heat?’
      • ‘I try and rip the ever-tightening and heating collar from my neck, but it is enchanted and won't come off.’
      • ‘The bag was enchanted, and could hold up to ninety pounds of stuff and still only weigh three.’
      • ‘It peeked beyond the brushes of the thorns that surrounded the dark enchanted lands of Ardor.’
      • ‘Dragotin's flute had a power to enchant listeners.’
      • ‘Each sword is enchanted in various ways, and each has unique powers, although none overpowered the others.’
      • ‘With his newly enchanted sword, the imps didn't stand a chance.’
      • ‘It was the first and only enchanted weapon that this world would ever know.’
      • ‘It was magically enchanted, so the vender said, and would protect me as needed.’
      • ‘It seemed to shimmer, as if it were enchanted; but it didn't shimmer with light, it shimmered with darkness.’
      • ‘I can only think they must have enchanted glasses in there, because no matter how much champagne I drank, my glass never seemed to go down.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the senses ‘put under a spell’ and ‘delude’; formerly also as inchant): from French enchanter, from Latin incantare, from in- ‘in’ + cantare ‘sing’.

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