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

Other Words from bewitch

bewitchery \ bi-​ˈwi-​ch(ə-​)rē How to pronounce bewitch (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 The idea, ultimately, is to bewitch readers with the story while also representing the islands in a way that is both culturally respectful and authentic. Seth Combs Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Jan. 2022 This performance was strong enough to bewitch some formidable minds, at least temporarily. Benjamin Anastas, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2021 Anyone with a brain and a heartbeat will find something to bewitch, beguile, and, yes, bewilder since the art’s both cutting-edge and bleeding-edge. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 23 Sep. 2020 Take the moment in Act 2 when Albrecht, the morally deficient nobleman who’s been bewitched to dance himself to death, begins his coda with a bravura series of entrechat-sixes. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2020 Yet there was something bewitching about her resolve. New York Times, 25 Feb. 2020 With issue #700, former Marvel Comics writer Nick Spencer began his own tale – and guess what bewitching Greendale resident is suddenly attending Riverdale High? cleveland, 6 Feb. 2020 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, 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, 7 Dec. 2019 See More

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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 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for bewitch

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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