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enthrall

Syllabification: en·thrall
Pronunciation: /inˈTHrôl
 
, enˈTHrôl
 
/
(also British enthral)

Definition of enthrall in English:

verb (enthralls, enthralling, enthralled)

[with object]
1Capture the fascinated attention of: she had been so enthralled by the adventure that she had hardly noticed the cold
More example sentences
  • Still, she was pretty, and pretty seemed to be enough to enthrall Fabian's attention.
  • On the way here, she had been enthralled, mesmerised, spellbound by the area.
  • The story enthrals you from the first page to the last as the plot unravels at a speedy pace.
Synonyms
1.1 (also inthrall) archaic Enslave.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'enslave'; formerly also as inthrall): from en-1, in-2 (as an intensifier) + thrall.

Derivatives

enthrallment

1
(British also enthralment) noun
Example sentences
  • I turn away and feign sudden enthrallment by the display behind me to buy a little time as I debate whether to say hello.
  • Self-gratification and enthralment to the trivial increasingly characterize society.
  • Those of us who enjoy this genre have been captivated by themes so gripping, stories so mature, and characters so cool that we can't help our enthrallment.

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