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beguile

beguile

verb be·guile \bi-ˈgī(-ə)l, bē-\

: to trick or deceive (someone)

: to attract or interest someone

be·guiledbe·guil·ing

Full Definition of BEGUILE

transitive verb
1
:  to lead by deception
2
:  hoodwink
3
:  to while away especially by some agreeable occupation; also :  divert 2
4
:  to engage the interest of by or as if by guile
intransitive verb
:  to deceive by wiles
be·guile·ment \-ˈgī(-ə)l-mənt\ noun
be·guil·er \-ˈgī-lər\ noun
be·guil·ing·ly \-ˈgī-liŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of BEGUILE

  1. She was cunning enough to beguile her classmates into doing the work for her.
  2. They were beguiled into thinking they'd heard the whole story.
  3. Almost everything in the quaint little town beguiles, from its architecture to its art to its people.
  4. He beguiled the audience with his smooth and seductive voice.

First Known Use of BEGUILE

13th century

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