bewitch

verb
be·​witch | \ bi-ˈwich How to pronounce bewitch (audio) , bē- \
bewitched; bewitching; bewitches

Definition of bewitch

transitive verb

1a : to influence or affect especially injuriously by witchcraft
b : to cast a spell over
2 : to attract as if by the power of witchcraft : enchant, fascinate bewitched by her beauty

intransitive verb

: to bewitch someone or something

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Other Words from bewitch

bewitchery \ bi-​ˈwi-​ch(ə-​)rē How to pronounce bewitchery (audio) , bē-​ \ noun

Examples of bewitch in a Sentence

People believed the girls had been bewitched. a Wiccan who believes that it is indeed possible to bewitch someone
Recent Examples on the Web For his first opera, Hans Abrahamsen—a Danish compatriot of Andersen’s and composer—has transformed the tale of a girl’s quest for a lost friend bewitched by icy powers into a sparkling snowscape of orchestral and vocal colours. The Economist, "A new retelling of “The Snow Queen” is aimed squarely at adults," 31 Dec. 2019 Based on a ballad by Goethe, the tone poem tells the story of a budding magician who bewitches a broom to do his chores. Jessica Rudman, courant.com, "Review: Guest conductor, teen prodigy pianist shine in HSO’s ‘Chopin and Franck’ program," 7 Dec. 2019 Tight shots of their faces are some of the film's most breathtaking like when the bewitched would-be Batman wades into the shallows lit only by the moon on a quest for some mermaid tail. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "'The Lighthouse' is a grim nautical tale starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe," 24 Oct. 2019 Later in the book, London asks her father why people say that her grandmother died bewitched. James Wood, The New Yorker, "An Omani Novel Exposes Marriage and Its Miseries," 7 Oct. 2019 The soon-to-be royal wore a black dress paired with a black cape, fishnet stockings and boots, making her a spooky character (perhaps a glamorous vampire or bewitching witch?) for the night out. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Royal Halloween Throwback! See Kate Middleton Dressed Up as a Glam Vampire to Celebrate the Holiday," 31 Oct. 2019 Video shot by the boy's mother shows a dozen or so men in the Furn El Chebbak neighborhood of Beirut, the Lebanese capital, belting out the earworm tune that has bewitched children and bedeviled parents around the globe. NBC News, "Lebanon demonstrators belt out 'Baby Shark' to toddler as protests rage," 22 Oct. 2019 Arriving straight from his appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Jeremy O. Harris, whose Slave Play is bewitching Broadway, trotted over to greet Jordan Roth, a vision in camel and diamanté. Vogue, "Interview Magazine Celebrated 50 Years and a New Book With a Cocktail-Soaked Downtown Dinner," 30 Oct. 2019 Plenty of Arizonans have bewitched and bewildered the internet in 2019, so why not take inspiration from them? Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Need a last-minute Halloween costume? Dress as one of these Arizona internet icons," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of bewitch

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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“Bewitch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bewitch. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for bewitch

bewitch

verb
How to pronounce bewitch (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bewitch

: to use magic to make someone do, think, or say something : to put (someone) under a spell
: to attract or delight (someone) in a way that seems magical

bewitch

verb
be·​witch | \ bi-ˈwich How to pronounce bewitch (audio) \
bewitched; bewitching

Kids Definition of bewitch

1 : to gain an influence over by means of magic or witchcraft
2 : to attract or delight as if by magic

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