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 Buck sent his daughters to bewitch Cornelius Vanderbilt, known as the Commodore for his vast empire of steamships and railroads. John Strausbaugh, National Review, "The Scandalous and Pioneering Victoria Woodhull," 8 Feb. 2020 But good luck doing anything but sit bewitched by a chorus of Disney princesses with incredible voices. Lara Horwitz, NBC News, "Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves give us the "Something's Gotta Give" reunion we need (and deserve)," 10 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,, "Review: Guest conductor, teen prodigy pianist shine in HSO’s ‘Chopin and Franck’ program," 7 Dec. 2019 Tight shots of their faces are some of the film's most breathtaking like when the bewitched would-be Batman wades into the shallows lit only by the moon on a quest for some mermaid tail. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "'The Lighthouse' is a grim nautical tale starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe," 24 Oct. 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 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

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First Known Use of bewitch

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

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5 Apr 2020

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“Bewitch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Apr. 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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