from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cast a spell over; bewitch.
- transitive v. To attract and delight; entrance. See Synonyms at charm.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To attract and delight, to charm.
- v. To cast a spell over.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To charm by sorcery; to act on by enchantment; to get control of by magical words and rites.
- transitive v. To delight in a high degree; to charm; to enrapture.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. attract; cause to be enamored
- v. hold spellbound
- v. cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something
Middle English enchanten, from Old French enchanter, from Latin incantāre, to utter an incantation, cast a spell : in-, against; see en-1 + cantāre, to sing, frequentative of canere; see kan- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French enchanter, from Latin incantāre, present active infinitive of incantō. (Wiktionary)