be·​daz·​zle bi-ˈda-zəl How to pronounce bedazzle (audio)
bedazzled; bedazzling; bedazzles

transitive verb

: to impress forcefully : enchant, fascinate
She dressed to kill, glittering with jewels in wondrous costumes to bedazzle her subjects.Johanna McGeary
In the first half of the century, English estate gardeners created the bedding system, a technique for displaying exotics in seasonally changing vignettes designed to bedazzle onlookers, much like modern-day department store windows.Mary Forsell
: to embellish by or as if by the use of a rhinestone setting machine : to decorate colorfully or elaborately especially with shiny embellishments
Abbie looked glamorous in her picture as she wore a baby blue satin dance costume, which was bedazzled with mirrored sequins and crystals.Charlotte Dean
Sparkles from a TikTok filter bedazzle the footage.Kyle Chayka
: to confuse by or as if by a strong light : dazzle
Either the sudden gleams of light flashing over the obscure field bedazzled Goodman Brown, or he recognized a score of the church members of Salem village famous for their especial sanctity.Nathaniel Hawthorne
The British press, glumly conditioned to watching U.S. boxers flatten Britain's best, crowed with delight. Bragged the Daily Mirror: "[Randolph] Turpin became world champion without any of the hokum that Americans have used to bedazzle and bamboozle their opponents before the fight."Time Magazine
bedazzlement noun
plural bedazzlements

Examples of bedazzle in a Sentence

fans bedazzled by movie stars don't let their promises of immense riches bedazzle you
Recent Examples on the Web And even behind the scenes of bedazzling and going all out with a leotard. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 17 Apr. 2024 Compared with previous generations, today’s AI requires orders of magnitude more computing power and training data, all to create the humanlike language that has bedazzled so many users of ChatGPT and other programs. Matteo Wong, The Atlantic, 12 Apr. 2024 Film executives, actors and their unions bedazzle politicians. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 28 Mar. 2024 Try the look with subtly studded or bedazzled denim styled with your most humble basics. Jake Henry Smith, Glamour, 18 Mar. 2024 Her lime green bedazzled Georges Hobeika dress was masterfully styled by Ralph’s daughter and stylist Ivy Coco. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 17 Mar. 2024 Crawford wore a shimmering blue v-neck dress, while Gerber elegantly sported a long, black bedazzled Celine gown. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 12 Mar. 2024 The drink — bedazzled with edible purple glitter — sold to the tune of 8,000 per hour. Kate Bernot, Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2024 At a time when edgy Alexander McQueen skull scarves and bedazzled Ed Hardy graphic tees were trending, Pellat-Finet’s luxurious skull knits stood out from the pack. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 28 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of bedazzle was circa 1616

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“Bedazzle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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be·​daz·​zle bi-ˈdaz-əl How to pronounce bedazzle (audio)
bedazzlement noun
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