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 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, "In ballet, conductors are the dancers’ guardian angels," 29 Apr. 2020 Yet there was something bewitching about her resolve. New York Times, "At New York City Ballet, Swans Use Grit to Find Glory," 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, "Get the ’Picard, ‘Sabrina’ backstories in comics: Captain Comics," 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, "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 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 As revenge, the piper played his music and bewitched all the town’s children to follow him out of the city where they were never seen again. Morgan Jerkins, Teen Vogue, "R. Kelly and Other Powerful Men Have Always Manipulated Their Teen Fans," 9 Jan. 2019 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

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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 14 Aug. 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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