spellbind

play
verb spell·bind \ˈspel-ˌbīnd\

Definition of spellbind

spellbound

play play \ˈspel-ˌbau̇nd\;

spellbinding

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to bind or hold by or as if by a spell

Examples of spellbind in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of spellbind

back-formation from spellbound



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