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or (especially British) enamour

[ih-nam-er] /ɪˈnæm ər/
verb (used with object)
to fill or inflame with love (usually used in the passive and followed by of or sometimes with):
to be enamored of a certain lady; a brilliant woman with whom he became enamored.
to charm or captivate.
Origin of enamor
1350-1400; Middle English enamouren < Old French enamourer. See en-1, amour
Related forms
enamoredness; especially British, enamouredness, noun
half-enamored, adjective
overenamored, adjective
self-enamored, adjective
unenamored, adjective
2. fascinate, bewitch, enchant, enrapture. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Genius, enamor'd of his fruitful bride, Assumes new force and elevates his pride.

    The Columbiad Joel Barlow
  • Boreas, enamor'd of no few of these, The pasture sought, and cover'd them in form280 Of a steed azure-maned.

Word Origin and History for enamor

c.1300, from Old French enamorer "to fall in love with; to inspire love (12c., Modern French enamourer), from en-, causative prefix (see en- (1)), + amour "love," from amare "to love" (see Amy). An equivalent formation to Provençal, Spanish, Portuguese enamorar, Italian innamorare.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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