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

  • transitive v. To cause to become enthusiastic.
  • intransitive v. To show or express enthusiasm: "Princess Anne . . . enthused over Sarah Ferguson—'a very, very nice girl'” ( Georgina Howell).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to show enthusiasm
  • v. to cause (someone) to feel enthusiasm or to be enthusiastic

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To make or become enthusiastic.

from The 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.

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

  • v. utter with enthusiasm
  • v. cause to feel enthusiasm


Back-formation from enthusiasm.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)



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