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enchant

[en-chant, -chahnt] /ɛnˈtʃænt, -ˈtʃɑnt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to subject to magical influence; bewitch:
fairytales about witches who enchant handsome princes and beautiful maidens.
2.
to delight to a high degree:
Her gaiety and wit have enchanted us all.
3.
to impart a magic quality or effect to.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French enchanter < Latin incantāre to put a spell on; see incantation
Related forms
unenchanted, adjective
Synonyms
2. fascinate, attract; captivate, enrapture.
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British Dictionary definitions for enchanted

enchanted

/ɪnˈtʃɑːntɪd/
adjective
1.
under a spell; bewitched; magical
2.
utterly delighted or captivated; fascinated; charmed

enchant

/ɪnˈtʃɑːnt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to cast a spell on; bewitch
2.
to delight or captivate utterly; fascinate; charm
Derived Forms
enchanter, noun
enchantress, noun:feminine
Word Origin
C14: from Old French enchanter, from Latin incantāre to chant a spell, from cantāre to chant, from canere to sing
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Word Origin and History for enchanted

enchant

v.

late 14c., literal and figurative, from Old French enchanter "bewitch, charm, cast a spell" (12c.), from Latin incantare (see enchantment). Or perhaps a back-formation from enchantment. Related: Enchanting; enchantingly. Enchanted in weakened sense of "delighted" is from 1590s.

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