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 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,, "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 By the end of Starcrawler’s set, de Wilde — free of her straitjacket and bewitched by some otherworldly force — left the stage through the crowd, after spending the better part of 30 minutes riling herself into a deranged, explosive fit. Jessi Roti,, "Don’t call 'em a ‘throwback’ band. Starcrawler just wants to rock.," 4 Oct. 2019 The strings in the first movement were as lustrous as can be, the clarinet of principal Afendi Yusuf bewitching, and on the snare drum, principal percussionist Marc Damoulakis very nearly did bring the group to a halt. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra champions the overlooked with Hamelin, Slobodeniouk," 25 Oct. 2019 Elizabeth Clawson of Stamford and Mercy Disborough of Fairfield – accused of bewitching a servant girl named Kate Branch. Bridget Marshall, The Conversation, "Most witches are women, because witch hunts were all about persecuting the powerless," 23 Oct. 2019 However, every August begins the bewitching at 16029. Mary Wakeford, azcentral, "Surprise couple creates a creepy cool home for Halloween. Take a look," 17 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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28 Dec 2019

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“Bewitch.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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


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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