- 1[intransitive, transitive] to talk in an enthusiastic and excited way about something enthuse (about/over something/somebody) The article enthused about the benefits that the new system would bring. + speech ‘It's a wonderful idea’, he enthused. enthuse that… The organizers enthused that it was their most successful event yet. See related entries: Excitement, Showing interest
- 2[usually passive] enthuse somebody (with something) to make somebody feel very interested and excited Everyone present was enthused by the idea. Word Origin early 19th cent. (originally US): back-formation from enthusiasm.
BrE BrE//ɪnˈθjuːz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈθuːz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they enthuse
BrE BrE//ɪnˈθjuːz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈθuːz//he / she / it enthuses
BrE BrE//ɪnˈθjuːzɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈθuːzɪz//past simple enthused
BrE BrE//ɪnˈθjuːzd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈθuːzd//past participle enthused
BrE BrE//ɪnˈθjuːzd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈθuːzd//-ing form enthusing
BrE BrE//ɪnˈθjuːzɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈθuːzɪŋ//Excitement, Showing interest