verb (used with object)
to captivate or charm: a performer whose grace, skill, and virtuosity enthrall her audiences.
to put or hold in slavery; subjugate: to be enthralled by illusions and superstitions.
Also, inthral, inthrall.

1570–80; en-1 + thrall

enthraller, noun
enthrallingly, adverb
enthrallment, noun

1. spellbind, enchant, transport, enrapture.
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enthral or enthrall (ɪnˈθrɔːl)
vb , (US) -thrals, -thralls, -thralling, -thralled
1.  to hold spellbound; enchant; captivate
2.  obsolete to hold as thrall; enslave
[C16: from en-1 + thrall]
enthrall or enthrall
[C16: from en-1 + thrall]
en'thraller or enthrall
en'thralment or enthrall
en'thrallment or enthrall

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Word Origin & History

also enthral, 1570s, from en- "make, put in" + thrall. Related: Enthralled (pp. adj.).
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Example sentences
Books were freely available, it was known what would enthrall the theatergoers.
The experiments were compelling, and still enthrall undergraduates when they
  are taught in introductory psychology courses.
Still, the great old problems have an extraordinary power to enthrall.
As the camera pauses on rapt faces in the audience, you can appreciate a poem's
  ability to enthrall.
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