Meaning of “enthusiasm” in the English Dictionary

"enthusiasm" in British English

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enthusiasmnoun

uk /ɪnˈθjuː.zi.æz.əm/ us /ɪnˈθuː.zi.æz.əm/

B2 [ U ] a feeling of energetic interest in a particular subject or activity and an eagerness to be involved in it:

One of the good things about teaching young children is their enthusiasm.
After the accident he lost his enthusiasm for the sport.
I just can't work up (= start to feel) any enthusiasm for the whole project.

[ C ] a subject or activity that interests you very much:

One of his greatest enthusiasms was yoga.

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  • His enthusiasm more than compensates for his lack of experience.
  • Nothing you can say will dampen her enthusiasm.
  • She thanked the staff for their dedication and enthusiasm.
  • She has boundless energy and enthusiasm.
  • It's strange, but I can't work up any enthusiasm for going on this trip.

(Definition of “enthusiasm” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"enthusiasm" in American English

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enthusiasmnoun [ C/U ]

us /ɪnˈθu·ziˌæz·əm/

a feeling of energetic interest in a particular subject or activity and a desire to be involved in it, or a subject that produces such a feeling:

[ U ] I find that I’m losing my enthusiasm for the game.
[ C ] Parents need to share their enthusiasms with their children.
enthusiastic
adjective us /ɪnˌθu·ziˈæs·tɪk/

You don’t seem very enthusiastic about the movie.
enthusiastically
adverb us /ɪnˌθu·ziˈæs·tɪk·li/

She was welcomed enthusiastically by the crowd.

(Definition of “enthusiasm” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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