spell·​bind | \ ˈspel-ˌbīnd How to pronounce spellbind (audio) \
spellbound\ ˈspel-​ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce spellbind (audio) \; spellbinding

Definition of spellbind

transitive verb

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

Examples of spellbind in a Sentence

the tale about pirates and their buried treasure had completely spellbound the children
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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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“Spellbind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spellbind. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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