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graded adjective & adjective [usu ADJ n]
If someone watches or listens with raptattention, they are extremely interested or fascinated. [literary] ⇒ I noticed that everyone was watching me with rapt attention. ⇒ Delegates sat in rapt silence as Mrs Fisher spoke. ⇒ Phillips had a rapt expression on his face. ⇒ He had held his audience rapt.
raptlyadverb [ADV with v] ⇒ ...listening raptly to stories about fascinating people.
From the stage, Lampone was talking intimately with his rapt audience.Fidelis Morgan THE RIVAL QUEENS: A COUNTESS ASHBY DE LA ZOUCHE MYSTERYHe had said nothing exceptional, but he had held his audience rapt.Thomas, Rosie THE WHITE DOVEHe was staring at someone in the official group, a rapt expression on his face that made him look suddenly younger, almostvulnerable.Cleary, Jon MURDER SONGNia swam along silently at the back of the school, pretending to pay rapt attention to everything Master Zale said.Kara Dalkey WATER BOOK ONE: ASCENSION