Definition of enthuse in US English:



[no object]
  • 1Say something that expresses one's eager enjoyment, interest, or approval.

    no object ‘they both enthused over my new look’
    with direct speech ‘“This place is superb!” she enthused’
    • ‘Apart from the sharpshooters there was little to enthuse about.’
    • ‘I similarly enthuse about Ferdinand's mind now fired up, not frozen by fear and anger, able to take a different angle on valuing its ability to think, and to think very well.’
    • ‘The club has a very active participation at all levels and members had plenty to enthuse about when they attended the recent presentation night in the Western Hotel.’
    • ‘At schools level, there was plenty to enthuse about.’
    • ‘One does not have to strain, however, to enthuse about Indonesia's performance - remarkable so soon following its entry into democratic elections.’
    • ‘After all, it's often more fun to rail about a terrible movie than to enthuse about a good one - but you get the idea.’
    • ‘A few months ago, I stood on the galleried balcony of the town hall, listening to the mayor enthuse about the place he loved.’
    • ‘Critics like to enthuse about Miles Davis in the 1950s and '60s and disregard his output during the 1970s, a creative period after which he retired for several years.’
    • ‘Others dining enthused over the wonderful atmosphere, attractive decor, courteous staff and excellent value for money.’
    • ‘It is why he'll sometimes step from the technical area straight into a post-match interview and enthuse about something he has just seen in a match that may have left the assembled media cold.’
    • ‘Early in his career I saw little to enthuse about and much to be frightened of, but in the last few matches he has got progressively stronger and his defensive strength and bravery were evident.’
    • ‘I wouldn't want to enthuse about it afterwards.’
    • ‘This weekend I'm giving a masterclass to inspire and enthuse about the instrument.’
    • ‘A smashing final 25 minutes gave the 9,000 attendance plenty to enthuse about at sun-drenched Hyde Park on Sunday.’
    • ‘He was also offered a taste of sundried tomato and basil sausages, and enthused over the slices of venison, before stopping to buy a leg of pork.’
    • ‘There was little to enthuse about in the early stages of the second period as Villa continued to probe more in hope than with any conviction.’
    • ‘Although we couldn't enthuse about our meal, at least customer care and fire evacuation were of a high standard.’
    • ‘That is an attitude to enthuse about when you visit five wineries a day, and it is a jolly approach in a region that has had nothing but seriously bad press over its 2004 vintage.’
    • ‘I sometimes find it difficult to enthuse about Chardonnay.’
    • ‘It was perfect to dip naan bread in, and the pilau rice was wolfed down by Matt who seemed to enthuse about how special the chef's special was with every mouthful.’
    rave, be enthusiastic, gush, wax lyrical, bubble over, effervesce, be effusive, rhapsodize, go into raptures
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    1. 1.1with object Make (someone) interested and eagerly appreciative.
      ‘public art is a tonic that can enthuse alienated youth’
      • ‘Another key to success is to enthuse people you deal with.’
      • ‘I'm so pleased to hear there's something enthusing you so much now and really hope this is you on the tide of change and feeling a great deal better.’
      • ‘Labour has good reason to be concerned with enthusing young people.’
      • ‘‘It would enthuse people, there is no question,’ he said.’
      • ‘But he has not enthused people enough by offering that extra edge that makes people think positively about us.’
      • ‘We are very enthused by the fact that we have received 1,000 applications for broadcasting and administrative posts.’
      • ‘We want to enthuse these young people to become the next generation of wealth creators in the UK.’
      • ‘It's just too hard to try and enthuse people to come along if they don't really know what you're on about.’
      • ‘I've never explained to him that I am enthused by all the possibilities offered by the net, and that it is definitely the area in which I want to develop my career.’
      • ‘‘We chose the schools because we wanted to enthuse these young people and make them more involved in the arts,’ she explained.’
      • ‘He was enthused by the response to his first performance.’
      • ‘Because if you don't have that, you will never enthuse the people who would be on your side.’
      • ‘At the best it enthuses you to run as far away as possible, after you have had your fill.’
      • ‘This came at the cost of being able to talk freely about the things which had previously enthused him, such as his years of study and appreciation of the ballet.’
      • ‘‘We hope that our programme enthuses medical students to take up studies on the brain,’ he said.’
      • ‘He says that he is thoroughly enthused by the response of people today.’
      • ‘It infects him, enthuses him and surely wakes him up in the morning.’
      • ‘Clearly part of the problem is the way in which Science is taught in schools since it is not enthusing young people to the same extent that Arts are.’
      • ‘She said: ‘We are enthusing people about some nice ways of making Christmas recipes that are speedy and simple.’’
      • ‘But how do we enthuse young people to be physically active, when a whole range of social and economic factors are getting in the way?’
      motivate, inspire, stimulate, encourage, spur, spur on, galvanize, arouse, rouse, excite, stir, stir up, fire, fire with enthusiasm, make enthusiastic, fire the imagination of
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The verb enthuse is formed as a back-formation from the noun enthusiasm and, like many verbs formed from nouns in this way, it is regarded by traditionalists as unacceptable. It is difficult to see why: it is a perfectly established means for creating new words in the language (verbs like classify, commentate, and edit were also formed as back-formations from nouns, for example). Enthuse itself has been in the language for more than 150 years