American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cause to become enthusiastic.
- v. To show or express enthusiasm: "Princess Anne . . . enthused over Sarah Ferguson—'a very, very nice girl'” ( Georgina Howell).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make enthusiastic; move with enthusiasm: as, he quite enthused his hearers.
- To become enthusiastic; show enthusiasm: as, he is slow to enthuse.
- v. intransitive to show enthusiasm
- v. proscribed to cause (someone) to feel enthusiasm or to be enthusiastic
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Slang To make or become enthusiastic.
- v. utter with enthusiasm
- v. cause to feel enthusiasm
- First attested from 1827. Back-formation from enthusiasm, from Ancient Greek ἔνθεος (entheos, "possessed by a god"), from ἐν (en, "in") + θεός (theos, "god") (Wiktionary)
- Back-formation from enthusiasm. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Other back-formations, such as enthuse and liaise, inhabit a grey area of acceptability.”
“Palin was a forced choice, a bone thrown to the Fundies - who has helped McCain "enthuse" the Bible Belt, but few outside it.”
“I choose this word "enthuse" carefully, because in its derivation from the Greek enthusiasm means, literally, "having the god within".”
“While some things bug Yagoda he despises "enthuse," for example, he has a healthy skepticism toward language extremists.”
“Under the present system he simply can not "enthuse" over self-support.”
“He did not "enthuse," and he did not despair; he kept his head.”
“Molly was disappointed that Dolly didn't "enthuse," and the latter felt that a boy -- such a boy -- would effectually spoil the good times she and her mate might have had together, alone.”
“Well, it was the launch of my election campaign - and Russell had instructed me to 'enthuse' everyone with an”
“However where they were more developed, particularly in colleges, such services were able to "enthuse" students.”
“But I kind of enthuse over the girl with the shoulder-blades and red bunting.”
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