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

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In just a couple of days, the city had bewitched me. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Donald Trump made me want to be American," 4 July 2019 Walk into the enchanting Hoh Rain Forest, where verdant paths bewitch hikers with fairy tale-like beauty and shade. Jennifer Adler, National Geographic, "10 perfect ways to cool off in the U.S.," 27 June 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 The outspoken Liselotte, like the tragic Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of James I of England, and known as the Winter Queen, was one of history’s esoteric fascinators who bewitched Karl: his erudition was a constant astonishment. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers the Unparalleled Energy, Wicked Wit, and Insatiable Curiosity of Karl Lagerfeld," 20 Feb. 2019 The Descendants actor looked more than happy to celebrate the arrival of October and shared her version of a bewitching Halloween beauty routine . Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Dove Cameron Matched Dark Lipstick to a Black Manicure," 3 Oct. 2018 These bewitching brownies have a hint of espresso flavor and a cream cheese topping. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Black-Bottom Brownies," 21 Sep. 2018 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

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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 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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