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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Sometimes people’s response to my being from New Orleans is a sound—moans, gasps of memory, which generally precede their stories of the city, usually characterized as wonderful, singular, sometimes bewitching. Sarah M. Broom, The New Yorker, "Who Stays Gone, and Who Can Afford to Return," 12 Aug. 2019 When Sophie Labbé began to work on Bulgari’s bewitching new Tubereuse Mystique, those two tuberose perfume icons were admittedly on her mind. April Long, Town & Country, "Is Tuberose the Sexiest Fragrance Note?," 13 Sep. 2019 At 86, Julie Newmar still has the power to bewitch. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, "Dishing dirt with ‘Catwoman’ Julie Newmar: ‘A garden is a reflection of you’," 23 Aug. 2019 The Afghan security forces, while committed on the front lines, remain bewitched by inadequate training, systemic corruption and incompetence. Donald C. Bolduc, Time, "I Served 10 Tours in Afghanistan. It’s Time for Us to Leave," 30 Aug. 2019 Strange aquatic creatures were in jars alongside bewitching floral centerpieces of elegant, drooping flora and spiky gourds (arrangements were provided by Isa Isa) and on-trend ceramic plates. Max Berlinger, Los Angeles Times, "Eckhaus Latta fetes Ugg collaboration with foraged food and sweeping L.A. views," 15 Aug. 2019 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 But De Shields, a theater eminence both on and off-Broadway, incarnated in his slick style and bluesy sound the spirit of Mitchell’s bewitching score. Charles Mcnulty,, "Tony Awards: A critic celebrates Broadway's unabashed idealism," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of bewitch

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

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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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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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