Definition of enchant in US English:

enchant

verb

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

    ‘Isabel was enchanted with the idea’
    ‘the scenery began to enchant her’
    • ‘Sargent captured her youthful spirit and the complicated charm that so enchanted Parisian society.’
    • ‘He loved dogs and was completely enchanted by Lacy's affable personality.’
    • ‘New acquaintances are genuinely enchanted by my son's name and that tickles me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘David was enchanted with his beautiful young bride and she in turn appeared to be very happy with her new life in Britain.’
    • ‘The dream of flight has enchanted humans since ancient times.’
    • ‘Completely enchanted, they watched the diver from the comfort of the viewing tunnel.’
    • ‘How is it that a story deceives us with its deliberate motive of telling lies, yet entices us, enchants us with delight and relief?’
    • ‘And Alex was equally enchanted by this woman at his side.’
    • ‘He enchanted the audience with his sonorous voice and his evocations of Milan.’
    • ‘He is able to capture what's unusual and different and remains deeply enchanted by Asia.’
    • ‘My goal is to create dazzling, juicy watercolors that enchant the viewer,’ she said.’’
    • ‘What is it about Faberge that still enchants us today?’
    • ‘The changing light patterns will enchant people of all ages,’ he adds.’
    • ‘From the moment I read that book I was enchanted with the heroism and gallantry and poetry of Collins's life.’
    • ‘This is evidence that buyers are enchanted by connections with the famous, however tenuous.’
    • ‘Young international ballerinas in colorful leotards begin the evening with an excitement that enchanted the audience.’
    • ‘It has the royal rose, the fascinating lily, the alluring ‘mogra’, and a host of other colourful flowers which enchant visitors.’
    • ‘Reia gazed out the window, her eyes enchanted by the world's serene beauty.’
    captivate, charm, delight, dazzle, enrapture, entrance, enthral, beguile, bewitch, spellbind, ensnare, fascinate, hypnotize, mesmerize
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  • 2Put (someone or something) under a spell; bewitch.

    ‘Marcia had enchanted the rope so that it simply regenerated when any length was cut off’
    ‘you have been enchanted by some spirits’
    • ‘It peeked beyond the brushes of the thorns that surrounded the dark enchanted lands of Ardor.’
    • ‘The inside of the cottage was much larger than the outside and she new at once that it was enchanted.’
    • ‘It was magically enchanted, so the vender said, and would protect me as needed.’
    • ‘Dragotin's flute had a power to enchant listeners.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This suit is enchanted so it changes with you and it never rips apart.’
    • ‘Each sword is enchanted in various ways, and each has unique powers, although none overpowered the others.’
    • ‘Kim also enchanted his swords, giving them a keener edge and a hint of water to them.’
    • ‘He enjoyed wandering that enchanted planet, taking in the magic.’
    • ‘The lights in the room danced as if some mystical creature had enchanted them.’
    • ‘Isn't there a Druid spell that enchants a cloak to help protect you against heat?’
    • ‘The bag was enchanted, and could hold up to ninety pounds of stuff and still only weigh three.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wizardry was the art of manipulating objects, doing things such as creating fires and enchanting items.’
    • ‘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 wasn't only beautiful, but scary, too, as the best enchanted worlds should be.’
    • ‘I try and rip the ever-tightening and heating collar from my neck, but it is enchanted and won't come off.’
    • ‘It seemed to shimmer, as if it were enchanted; but it didn't shimmer with light, it shimmered with darkness.’

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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