- 1Express eager enjoyment, interest, or approval regarding something: they both enthused over my new lookMore example sentences
rave, be enthusiastic, gush, wax lyrical, bubble over, effervesce, be effusive, rhapsodize, go into raptures; praise to the skies, heap praise on, make much of, throw bouquets at, eulogize, extol, acclaim• informal go wild/mad/crazy, get all worked up, go over the topNorth American • informal ballyhoo• black English big someone/something up• dated cry someone/something up
- This weekend I'm giving a masterclass to inspire and enthuse about the instrument.
- Although we couldn't enthuse about our meal, at least customer care and fire evacuation were of a high standard.
- I similarly enthuse about Ferdinand's mind now fired up, not frozen by fear and anger, able to take a different angle on valuing its ability to think, and to think very well.
- 1.1 [with object] Make (someone) interested and eagerly appreciative: public art is a tonic that can enthuse alienated youthMore example sentences
- She said: ‘We are enthusing people about some nice ways of making Christmas recipes that are speedy and simple.’
- Clearly part of the problem is the way in which Science is taught in schools since it is not enthusing young people to the same extent that Arts are.
- Labour has good reason to be concerned with enthusing young people.
The verb enthuse is a back-formation from the noun enthusiasm and, like many verbs formed from nouns in this way (especially those originating from the US), is regarded by traditionalists as unacceptable. It is difficult to see why: back-formation is a perfectly respectable means for creating new words in the language (verbs like classify, commentate, and edit were also formed as back-formations from nouns, for example) and enthuse itself has been in English since the early 19th century. Compare with impact (usage).