spellbind

verb
spell·​bind | \ ˈspel-ˌbīnd How to pronounce spellbind (audio) \
spellbound\ ˈspel-​ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce spellbound (audio) \; 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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Stella Tennant, who dropped by for a cocktail, was clearly spellbound by their handiwork. Vogue, "Stella Tennant and Delfina Delettrez Celebrate Dover Street Market’s Collaboration With the Diamond Foundry," 5 Mar. 2019 The implications are obvious, the action spellbinding, the characters perfect. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘The Woman in White’ Review: A 19th-Century Tale for Our Political Time," 18 Oct. 2018 The effect is particularly spellbinding on a pair of statement earrings, lending a soft halo to guava rose quartz orbs that appear to float in midair. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "Yael Sonia Is Bringing the Artisanal Traditions of the Amazon to the World of Fine Jewelry," 11 Sep. 2018 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 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

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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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Dictionary Entries near spellbind

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spell

spellable

spellbind

spellbinder

spellbinding

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The first known use of spellbind was in 1808

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