spell·bind | \ ˈspel-ˌbīnd \
spellbound\ˈspel-ˌbau̇nd \; spellbinding

Definition of spellbind 

transitive verb

: to bind or hold by or as if by a spell

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Examples of spellbind in a Sentence

the tale about pirates and their buried treasure had completely spellbound the children

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It’s as spellbinding in its way as the stunts the cast pulls off during the rest of the show. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "A Cirque du Soleil show that’s as interested in ‘Ahh’ as ‘Wow’," 29 June 2018 Rodriguez is spellbinding as Marisa, mixing humor and emotion as her internal psyche and external circumstances begin to unravel. Marissa Oberlander, Chicago Reader, "In The Displaced, the ghosts of gentrification won't leave a young couple alone," 14 June 2018 His general range of passing and his general control of games has been simply spellbinding. SI.com, "FanView: It's a Travesty That Kevin De Bruyne Will End This Season Without Any Individual Honours," 1 May 2018 Both the pictures and the practice are spellbinding. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "One bed photo per day, for years and years: Mesmerizing moments from an art show about daily life," 9 Apr. 2018 And as anyone who has seen the sublime new production of the show by Actors’ Playhouse in Coral Gables would tell you, the musical’s spellbinding pull is as powerful as ever. Christine Dolen, miamiherald, "The enchanting, innovative ‘Once’ returns to the stage | Miami Herald," 5 Mar. 2018 Like the solar eclipse that spellbound Americans in August last year, a lunar eclipse occurs when the moon, Earth, and sun exactly align. Mika Mckinnon, Smithsonian, "Don’t Miss This Celestial Triplet: a Blue Moon, Supermoon and Lunar Eclipse," 26 Jan. 2018 An image of close but alien nature forever struggling to connect and transmogrify, its pathos is spellbinding. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "At Park View gallery, a spellbinding trip into a world turned upside down," 9 Oct. 2017 The troupe that performed at Dar Ahlam's desert encampment after the helicopter flew off was all male (the guedra would have to wait till next time) but likewise spellbinding in its relentlessly rhythmic, propulsive, trance-like energy. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "T&C Travel: Best of Morocco," 30 Mar. 2015

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First Known Use of spellbind

1808, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spellbind

back-formation from spellbound

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The first known use of spellbind was in 1808

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