V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to hold someone's full attention through excitement, fascination, or delight; 2. to enslave

Synonyms: engross, thrill, captivate, fascinate, charm, enrapture, intrigue, rivet

Antonyms: bore

Tips: One of the definitions of enthrall is "to hold in slavery." Think, being held captive or as a slave to something that is so fascinating you can't stop doing it. Something that enthralls is usually good, interesting, or enjoyable. It is generally used in reference to something viewed or read which thrills and captivates. If something is described as enthralling, it is captivating. If something is both riveting (fascinating) and engrossing (consumes your whole attention), you will most likely be enthralled (captivated, held captive) by it.

Usage Examples:

His tales of adventure always enthralled us. (enraptured, thrilled, captivated)

Few things can enthrall me as much as watching championship sports. (captivate, rivet, thrill)

The lion tamer enthralled his audiences, especially since one of the lionesses had previously attacked him onstage. (engrossed, fascinated)

That was an enthralling story; please tell me more. (captivating, fascinating, intriguing) adjective

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