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enthuse

[en-thooz] /ɛnˈθuz/
verb (used without object), enthused, enthusing.
1.
to be or become enthusiastic; show enthusiasm:
All the neighbors enthused over the new baby.
verb (used with object), enthused, enthusing.
2.
to cause to become enthusiastic.
Origin
1820-1830
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for quasienthused

enthuse

/ɪnˈθjuːz/
verb
1.
to feel or show or cause to feel or show enthusiasm
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Word Origin and History for quasienthused

enthuse

v.

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

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