verb (enthused; enthusing) Etymology: back-formation from enthusiasm Date: 1827 transitive verb 1. to make enthusiastic <
is enthused about the project
2. to express with enthusiasm intransitive verb to show enthusiasm <
a splendid performance, and I was enthusing over it — Julian Huxley
Usage: Enthuse is apparently American in origin, although the earliest known example of its use occurs in a letter written in 1827 by a young Scotsman who spent about two years in the Pacific Northwest. It has been disapproved since about 1870. Current evidence shows it to be flourishing nonetheless on both sides of the Atlantic especially in journalistic prose.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • enthuse — UK [ɪnˈθjuːz] / US [ɪnˈθuz] verb Word forms enthuse : present tense I/you/we/they enthuse he/she/it enthuses present participle enthusing past tense enthused past participle enthused a) [intransitive] to talk in an excited way about something… …   English dictionary

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