rapt

[rapt]

adjective

  1. deeply engrossed or absorbed: a rapt listener.

  2. transported with emotion; enraptured: rapt with joy.

Definition of rapt (continued)

  1. showing or proceeding from rapture: a rapt smile.

  2. carried off spiritually to another place, sphere of existence, etc.

Origin of rapt

1350–1400; Middle English (past participle of rapen to carry off, abduct, rape) < Latin raptus seized, carried off (past participle of rapere), equivalent to rap- (see rape1) + -tus past participle suffix

1400

Related Forms

  • adverb: raptly
  • noun: raptness

Can Be Confused

Synonyms

2. ecstatic, spellbound, bewitched.

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Grammar Greats and Gaffes

Antonyms

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rap

2
[rap]

verb (used with object), rapped, rap·ping.

  1. to strike, especially with a quick, smart, or light blow: He rapped the door with his cane.

  2. to utter sharply or vigorously: to rap out a command.

  3. (of a spirit summoned by a medium) to communicate (a message) by raps (often followed by out).

  4. Slang.to criticize sharply: Critics could hardly wait to rap the play.

  5. Slang.to arrest, detain, or sentence for a crime.

  6. Metallurgy.to jar (a pattern) loose from a sand mold.

verb (used without object), rapped, rap·ping.

  1. to knock smartly or lightly, especially so as to make a noise: to rap on a door.

  2. Slang.to talk or discuss, especially freely, openly, or volubly; chat.

  3. Slang.to talk rhythmically to the beat of rap music.

noun

  1. a quick, smart, or light blow: a rap on the knuckles with a ruler.

  2. the sound produced by such a blow: They heard a loud rap at the door.

  3. Slang.blame or punishment, especially for a crime.

  4. Slang.a criminal charge: a murder rap.

  5. Slang.response, reception, or judgment: The product has been getting a very bad rap.

  6. Slang.
    • a talk, conversation, or discussion; chat.

    • talk designed to impress, convince, etc.; spiel: a high-pressure sales rap.

  7. rap music.

Phrases2

Idioms

  1. beat the rap, Slang.to succeed in evading the penalty for a crime; be acquitted: The defendant calmly insisted that he would beat the rap.

  2. take the rap, Slang.to take the blame and punishment for a crime committed by another: He took the rap for the burglary.

Origin of rap2

1300–50; 1960–65 for def 8; Middle English rappen (v.), rap(p)e (noun); akin to Swedish rappa to beat, drub, German rappeln to rattle; senses “to talk,” “conversation, talk” perhaps of distinct orig., though the hypothesis that it is a shortening of repartee is questionable

1350

Can Be Confused2

rap wrap

rapped rapt wrapped

rap

3
[rap]

verb (used with object), rapped or rapt, rap·ping. Archaic.

  1. to carry off; transport.

  2. to transport with rapture.

  3. to seize for oneself; snatch.

Origin of rap3

First recorded in 1520–30; back formation from rapt

1530

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  • Golden Age-of-TV evangelists prate on about which glorified soap operas are most deserving of our rapt attention.

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  • The crowd in Powell's was rapt—when it wasn't doubled over in laughter.

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  • Iran's nuclear plan is progressing," he told a rapt audience, but added, "Iran is being careful not to cross any red lines.

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  • Familiar with this horrendous chapter in history, the Israelis followed the commentary and exhibits mostly in rapt silence.

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Examples

  • Every woman will read the story of my life with rapt attention because of the Secret.

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  • That night, she lay awake for one rapt hour, and then she slept the sleep of conquerors.

    Alice Brown

    Tiverton Tales
  • Dorcas was alive to the rapt contagion, and her own blood thrilled.

    Alice Brown

    Meadow Grass
  • We stood in rapt contemplation for a few moments, and then walked away.

    George MacDonald

    Wilfrid Cumbermede
  • His ear drank in the voice of the tempest; he was rapt in attention to the roaring thunder.

    William Godwin

    Imogen