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[en-thooz] /ɛnˈθuz/
verb (used without object), enthused, enthusing.
to be or become enthusiastic; show enthusiasm:
All the neighbors enthused over the new baby.
verb (used with object), enthused, enthusing.
to cause to become enthusiastic.
Origin of enthuse
1820-30, Americanism; back formation from enthusiasm
Related forms
quasi-enthused, adjective
unenthused, adjective
Usage note
The verb enthuse is a 19th-century back formation from the noun enthusiasm. Originally an Americanism, enthuse is now standard and well established in the speech and all but the most formal writing of educated persons, in both Britain and the United States. It is used as a transitive verb meaning “to cause to become enthusiastic” (The liveliness of the dance enthused the audience) and as an intransitive verb meaning “to show enthusiasm” (She enthused warmly over his performance). Despite its long history and frequent occurrence, however, enthuse is still strongly disapproved of by many. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for enthused
  • Even his supporters seemed more loyal than enthused.
  • Carpenter was enthused by how much he'd been able to accomplish in space, but his accomplishments were largely forgotten.
  • Don seems less than enthused over the prospect of renewed fatherhood.
  • enthused work and extra-efforts that benefit or maximise growth, should be rewarded.
  • The one working the galley was super-friendly, while the one working the aisle was a bit less enthused to be there.
  • He became enthused by the attempts of others to glide and achieve powered flight.
  • We are enthused to see your exciting plans for renovations and green retrofit projects.
  • The students returned tremendously enthused about the program and would do it again if possible.
  • We are enthused about the journey yet mindful that the road is a long one.
British Dictionary definitions for enthused


to feel or show or cause to feel or show enthusiasm
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for enthused



1827, American English, back-formation from enthusiasm. Originally often humorous or with affected ignorance. Related: enthused; enthusing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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