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1  —as in:
rapt attention
Definition deeply interested and focused (on something) — often while admiring
  • She watched with rapt attention.
rapt = fascinated
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • We all listened with rapt attention as she described the accident.
  • rapt = with deep interest and focus
  • The audience hung upon his words, taking no note of time, rapt in the ghastly fascinations of the tale.
    Mark Twain  --  Tom Sawyer
  • rapt = with deep interest and focus
  • For entertainment, Odysseus told them heroic stories of.... The men were rapt, their faces struck with wonder.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • rapt = deeply, and pleasurably fascinated
  • In her hands was a crystal ball into which she was gazing raptly.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • raptly = with deep interest and focus
  • Clustered around the radio, they all listen raptly to the BBC.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • raptly = with deep interest and focus
  • There were the guards, crowded around a radio in rapt attention, listening to a small, halting Japanese voice. Something of great importance was being said.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • rapt = deeply interested
  • The cause of all the commotion sat serenely, his rapt, innocent gaze never straying from the minister's face, his hand still cupped over the imprisoned fly.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • rapt = showing deep interest and focus
  • I would listen, rapt, as he told stories of warring tribes, Pashtun leaders and saints, often through poems that he read in a melodious voice, crying sometimes as he read.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • rapt = deeply, and pleasurably fascinated
  • Moving deliberately around the display, Billie points out Chris as a toddler astride a hobby horse, Chris as a rapt eight-year-old in a yellow rain slicker on his first backpacking trip, Chris at his high school commencement.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
rapt = showing deep interest

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2  —as in:
rapt with love
Definition deeply moved or filled with intense pleasure
  • She danced rapt with the music.
rapt = deeply moved or filled with intense pleasure
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She was rapt with love.
    Mark Twain  --  Tom Sawyer
  • rapt = deeply moved or filled with intense pleasure
  • In the painting, the angel is gazing in rapt adoration of baby Jesus.
  • rapt = deeply moved
  • "An' we'd keep a few pigeons to go flyin' around the win'mill like they done when I was a kid." He looked raptly at the wall over Lennie's head. "An' it'd be our own, an' nobody could can us."
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
raptly = filled with pleasure

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Less commonly:
Much more rarely, in classic literature, rapt may refer to the rapture a belief of some Christian denominations in the second coming of Jesus and of movement to heaven.
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