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enthrall

en·thrall (en·thral)

enthrall (enthral)

 
pronunciation:
ihn thrawl
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: enthraled, enthraling, enthralled, enthralling, enthralls, enthrals
definition 1: to hold the complete attention of; fascinate.
The clown's performance enthralled the children.I was enthralled with each new adventure in the series.
synonyms:
captivate, charm, fascinate, mesmerize
antonyms:
bore
similar words:
allure, bewitch, enchant, enrapture, hold, hypnotize, immerse, rivet, spellbind, transfix, transport
definition 2: to cause to be in bondage; enslave.
The invaders enthralled large numbers in the conquered lands.
synonyms:
enslave, subjugate, yoke
similar words:
capture, control, dominate, enchain, fetter, imprison, indenture, shackle, trammel
derivations: enthralingly (adv.), enthrallingly (adv.), enthraler (n.), enthraller (n.), enthrallment (n.), enthralment (n.)