bewitch

verb
be·witch | \bi-ˈwich, 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, 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

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The remains are men who all sort of look like Shrek when Shrek was bewitched into looking like a man. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "The Bachelorette Season 14, Episode 7 Recap: Becca Picks A Supreme Court Nominee," 10 July 2018 Yet since April 26, the ‘paradise of the Philippines‘ hasn’t played host to the usual legions of tourists, bewitched by the Instagrammable images of its stunning vistas. Suyin Haynes, Time, "Boracay Islanders Feel the Pinch After the Philippines Shuts Down a Top Tourist Destination," 16 May 2018 Arnold, bewitched by her optimistic view of things, saw her as a necessary step in human evolution, a concept Ford eventually seems to have come around to. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Westworld: What's in 'The Valley Beyond'?," 29 Apr. 2018 This stance makes him exceptional among Latin American intellectuals, many of whom are still bewitched by anti-imperialism and socialism. The Economist, "Mario Vargas Llosa explains why his politics changed," 26 Apr. 2018 The origin of movement had bewitched some of history’s shrewdest minds: Alcmaeon, Plato, Aristotle, Posidonius, Al-Razi, Descartes, Newton, Franklin. Zach Schonbrun, New York Times, "How Do Athletes’ Brains Control Their Movements?," 13 Apr. 2018 The girlfriend in question was Stevie Nicks, who became the band’s bewitching front-woman and creative powerhouse during the group’s mid-’70s glory years. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Lindsey Buckingham Reportedly Fired from Fleetwood Mac: 'The Band Wishes Lindsey All the Best'," 10 Apr. 2018 The pair talks about the dangers of smoking, as their young audience nods and murmurs, looking bewitched by the flamboyant puppets. Didem Tali, USA TODAY, "Woman-led puppet theater brings health education to Myanmar villages," 22 Mar. 2018 To illustrate the point, Langlands’s book offers a bewitching virtual tour of life in Medieval England. Sarah Archer, The Atlantic, "The Forgotten Everyday Origins of ‘Craft’," 25 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of bewitch

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

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bewitch

verb

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 \
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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