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)



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