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From Middle English enamouren, a late back-formation from enamoured, itself a partial calque of Old French enamore, past participle of enamorer, enamourer, equivalent to prefix en- + amor + -er. See amour, and confer inamorato.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪˈnamə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ɪˈnæmɚ/
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- Rhymes: -æmə(ɹ)
- (mostly in the passive, followed by "of" or "with") To cause to be in love.
- 1601, Ben Jonson, Poetaster or The Arraignment: […], London: […] [R. Bradock] for M[atthew] L[ownes] […], published 1602, OCLC 316392309, Act III:
- By Phœbus, here's a moſt neate fine ſtreete; is't not? I proteſt to thee, I am enamord of this ſtreete now, more then of halfe the ſtreetes of Rome, againe; tis ſo polite, and terſe; [...]
- 1900, Leo Tolstoy, translated by William E. Smith, The Awakening: The Resurrection Chapter 86
- He was offered a chair in the university and a course abroad. But he hesitated. There was a girl of whom he became enamored, so he contemplated marriage and political activity.
- (mostly in the passive) To captivate.
to inflame with love