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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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  • One sees gray-haired men stand and cheer, sing and enthuse over their Alma Mater's team.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • I liked these men; I liked to enthuse over all the big things they were doing.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Replace worry-thought with an opposite thought which will occupy the mind and enthuse the soul.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • Mr. Briggerland did not enthuse over any form of sport or exercise.

    The Angel of Terror Edgar Wallace
  • He did not enthuse about your cuffs and collars, gush over the neatness of your darning.

  • He did not "enthuse," and he did not despair; he kept his head.

    Carnac's Folly, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • Of course, you know that Bridget is rather given to enthuse.

    The Man Who Rose Again Joseph Hocking
  • This was a piece of hero worship that he, naturally, could not enthuse over.

    In the Whirl of the Rising Bertram Mitford
  • But even with this series of four in a row captured by the Giants, the public refused to enthuse.

    Baseball Joe, Home Run King Lester Chadwick
British Dictionary definitions for enthuse


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 enthuse

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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