spellbind


spell·bind

transitive verb \ˈspel-ˌbīnd\
spell·bound\-ˌband\spell·bind·ing

Definition of SPELLBIND

:  to bind or hold by or as if by a spell

Examples of SPELLBIND

  1. <the tale about pirates and their buried treasure had completely spellbound the children>

Origin of SPELLBIND

back-formation from spellbound
First Known Use: 1808

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