Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To cast a spell over; bewitch.
  • transitive verb To attract and delight; entrance. synonym: charm.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To practise sorcery or witchcraft on; subdue by charms or spells; hold as by a spell; bewitch.
  • To impart a magical quality or effect to; change the nature of by incantation or sorcery; bewitch, as a thing.
  • To delight in a high degree; charm; fascinate.
  • Synonyms Enchant, Charm, Fascinate, captivate, enrapture, carry away. To fascinate is to bring under a spell, as by the power of the eye; to enchant and to charm are to bring under a spell by some more subtle and mysterious power. This difference in the literal affects also the figurative senses. Enchant is stronger than charm. All generally imply a pleased state in that which is affected, but fascinate less often than the others.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To charm by sorcery; to act on by enchantment; to get control of by magical words and rites.
  • transitive verb To delight in a high degree; to charm; to enrapture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To attract and delight, to charm.
  • verb archaic To cast a spell over.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb attract; cause to be enamored
  • verb hold spellbound
  • verb cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English enchanten, from Old French enchanter, from Latin incantāre, to utter an incantation, cast a spell : in-, against; see en– + cantāre, to sing, frequentative of canere; see kan- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French enchanter, from Latin incantāre, present active infinitive of incantō.

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