Definition of rapture noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈræptʃə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈræptʃər//
[uncountable] (formal)
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  • a feeling of extreme pleasure and happiness synonym delight Charles listened with rapture to her singing. The children gazed at her in rapture. Never before had she known such rapture.
  • Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the sense ‘seizing and carrying off’): from obsolete French, or from medieval Latin raptura ‘seizing’, partly influenced by rapt.Idioms
    be in, go into, etc. raptures (about/over somebody/something)
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    to feel or express extreme pleasure or enthusiasm for somebody/something The critics went into raptures about her performance. The last minute goal sent the fans into raptures.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: rapture