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- (transitive) To hold spellbound.
- 1913, Edgar Rice Burroughs, chapter 17, in The Return of Tarzan:
- In the center of the circle of glittering black bodies he leaped and roared and shook his heavy spear in the same mad abandon that enthralled his fellow savages. The last remnant of his civilization was forgotten—he was a primitive man to the fullest now; reveling in the freedom of the fierce, wild life he loved, gloating in his kingship among these wild blacks.
- (transitive, rare) To make subservient.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book XII”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
- […] Who oft as undeservedly enthrall / His outward freedom: Tyranny must be;