One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Capture the fascinated attention of.‘she had been so enthralled by the adventure that she had hardly noticed the cold’
captivate, charm, enchant, bewitch, fascinate, beguile, entrance, enrapture, delight, attract, allure, lurefascinating, entrancing, enchanting, bewitching, captivating, charming, beguiling, enrapturingView synonyms
- ‘The story enthrals you from the first page to the last as the plot unravels at a speedy pace.’
- ‘He could bring his stories to life and enthralled many with his memories from former times.’
- ‘But the eye is dazzled and enthralled by the super-massive black hole that lives deep within the core of the Milky Way.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘She practiced religiously, gathered confidence, was enthralled by her new adventure.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Still, she was pretty, and pretty seemed to be enough to enthrall Fabian's attention.’
- ‘His conceit and awful orange hair will carry on enthralling a worldwide audience.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Meanwhile, a steady stream of tourists question the participants, and are enthralled and delighted at the aims of the march.’
- ‘Any reader would be enthralled by the story and find themselves rapidly taking it in.’
- ‘Our first reaction is enthralled delight, but then ominous overtones register.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘On the way here, she had been enthralled, mesmerised, spellbound by the area.’
- ‘The result is about as enthralling a story as the life of an English professor can reasonably be.’
- ‘The event promises to enthral the fraternity of adventure freaks, spectators and participants.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I love it when books engross and enthrall you like that.’
- 1.1archaic Enslave.
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘enslave’; formerly also as inthrall): from en-, in- (as an intensifier) + thrall.
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