rapt

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin raptus, past participle of rapio (to seize).

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Adjective[edit]

rapt (comparative more rapt, superlative most rapt)

  1. (not comparable, archaic) Snatched, taken away; abducted.
  2. (not comparable) Lifted up into the air; transported into heaven.
  3. (comparable) Very interested, involved in something, absorbed, transfixed; fascinated or engrossed.
    The children watched in rapt attention as the magician produced object after object from his hat.
  4. (comparable) Enthusiatic; ecstatic, elated, happy.
    He was rapt with his exam results.
    • 1712 (date written), [Joseph] Addison, Cato, a Tragedy. [], London: [] J[acob] Tonson, [], published 1713, OCLC 79426475, Act I, scene iv, page 1:
      I [] am rapt with joy to see my Marcia's tears.
    • 1996, James Richard Giles, Wanda H. Giles, American Novelists Since World War II: Fifth Series, page 139,
      Creatures who navigate long-distance migrations — including the green turtles, wind birds, or great cranes — draw his most rapt commentaries.
    • 2010, Michael Reichert, Richard Hawley, Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys: Strategies that Work—and Why, John Wiley & Sons, US, page 121,
      Even in the most rapt accounts of independent student work, there appears an appreciative acknowledgment of the teacher′s having determined just the right amount of room necessary to build autonomy without risking frustration and failure.
    • 2010, Caroline Overington, I Came to Say Goodbye, page 201,
      One bloke I met in the pub was the owner of the local meatworks. He was rapt to have the Sudanese, and if 1600 more were coming – that was the rumour – well, he′d have been even more rapt.
    • 2012, Greig Caigou, Wild Horizons: More Great Hunting Adventures, HarperCollins (New Zealand), unnumbered page,
      These are worthy aspects of the hunt to give some consideration to with the next generation, because market forces want us to get more rapt with ever more sophisticated gear and an algorithmic conquering of animal instinct.

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Verb[edit]

rapt (third-person singular simple present rapts, present participle rapting, simple past and past participle rapted or rapt)

  1. (obsolete) To transport or ravish.
    • 1612, Michael Drayton, Poly-Olbion song 6 p. 89[1]:
      The Bards with furie rapt, the British youth among,
      Unto the charming Harpe thy future honor song
  2. (obsolete) To carry away by force.
    • 1819-20, Washington Irving, The Spectre Bridegroom, The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., reprinted in 1840, The Works of Washington Irving, Volume 1, page 256,
      His only daughter had either been rapt away to the grave, or he was to have some wood-demon for a son-in-law, and, perchance, a troop of goblin grandchildren.
    • 1595, Samuel Daniel, “(please specify the folio number)”, in The First Fowre Bookes of the Ciuile Wars between the Two Houses of Lancaster and Yorke, London: [] P[eter] Short for Simon Waterson, OCLC 28470143:
      Out-rushing from his denne rapts all away

Noun[edit]

rapt (plural rapts)

  1. (obsolete) An ecstasy; a trance.
    • 1671, The Life Of The Mother S. Teresa:
      the soul then is in rapt
  2. (obsolete) Rapidity.
    • 1646, Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, 2nd edition, London: Edw. Dod & Nath. Ekins, 1650, Preface,[2]
      [] like the great exemplary wheeles of heaven, we must observe two Circles: that while we are daily carried about, and whirled on by the swinge and rapt of the one, we may maintain a naturall and proper course, in the slow and sober wheele of the other.

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Adjective[edit]

rapt

  1. neuter singular of rap

Adverb[edit]

rapt

  1. quickly, rapidly

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin raptus. Cf. ravir.

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Noun[edit]

rapt m (plural rapts)

  1. kidnapping, abduction
    Synonym: enlèvement

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Verb[edit]

rapt

  1. past participle of rape

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French rapt, from Latin raptus.

Noun[edit]

rapt n (plural rapturi)

  1. kidnapping, abduction

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