spell·bind·ing | \ˈspel-ˌbīn-diŋ \

Definition of spellbinding 

: holding the attention as if by a spell a spellbinding story

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spellbindingly \-diŋ-lē \ adverb

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The sequel to the beloved franchise premiered at London's Palace Theatre in June 2016, and its spellbinding effects have finally made their way overseas to New York City's Lyric Theatre. Abby Jones, Billboard, "'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' Broadway Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying," 23 Apr. 2018 Her hyperactive mind and seemingly boundless energy translate to spellbinding concerts that recall her late mentor and friend Prince, both in their relentless vibrancy and their bold optimism for music’s — and the world’s — future. BostonGlobe.com, "The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more," 13 July 2018 The often astonishing results become increasingly spellbinding as the work proceeds. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Film / History / LGBTQ+ / On Video / Television Queer filmmaker Derek Jarman gets a Pride Month retrospective at FilmStruck," 20 June 2018 This year’s contenders build on the past with spellbinding technique. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Childish Gambino and the Search for the Summer Anthem," 12 July 2018 The lava is spellbinding, especially at night, and some people have found the lure of the lava flows irresistible despite the danger. latimes.com, "The lava continues to flow from Kilauea volcano, creating a ghostly spectacle," 8 July 2018 Find the spellbinding planet in the western sky after sunset at -4.1 magnitude (quite bright). Blaine P. Friedlander Jr., Washington Post, "Skywatch: July is the month of Mars," 30 June 2018 The visual inventiveness that made A Fantastic Woman so spellbinding, even in its emotionally taxing moments, is absent here. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Disobedience Is a Drab Story of Forbidden Love," 27 Apr. 2018 During his one season at Oklahoma, Young was a spellbinding sensation, at once a viscerally thrilling performer and an all-consuming controversy magnet whose quick trigger and moonshot jumpers called to mind Steph Curry’s unanimous MVP campaign. The Crossover Staff, SI.com, "NBA Draft Debate: Which Guard Would You Draft First?," 19 June 2018

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1827, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of spellbinding

: holding your attention completely : extremely interesting, entertaining, etc.

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