enthuse

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First attested from 1827. Back-formation from enthusiasm, from Ancient Greek ἔνθεος ‎(éntheos, possessed by a god), from ἐν ‎(en, in) + θεός ‎(theós, god)

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enthuse ‎(third-person singular simple present enthuses, present participle enthusing, simple past and past participle enthused)

  1. (intransitive) to show enthusiasm
    a splendid performance, and I was enthusing over itJulian Huxley
  2. (proscribed) to cause (someone) to feel enthusiasm or to be enthusiastic
    The novelty of the film enthused the audience.

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