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Topic: PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHIATRY

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: transe, from transir 'to pass away, become unconscious', from Latin transire; TRANSIENT1

trance

noun
     
trance
1MP [countable] a state in which you behave as if you were asleep but are still able to hear and understand what is said to you
go/fall into a trance
She went into a deep hypnotic trance.
2 [countable] a state in which you are thinking about something so much that you do not notice what is happening around you
in a trance
What's the matter with you? You've been in a trance all day.
3 [uncountable] a type of popular electronic dance music with a fast beat and long continuous notes played on a synthesizer
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