spell·​bound | \ ˈspel-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce spellbound (audio) \

Definition of spellbound

: held by or as if by a spell

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Examples of spellbound in a Sentence

The children were spellbound by the puppet show. She's a storyteller that will hold you spellbound.

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It was watched by 40 million spellbound fans on TV and sealed the destiny of the NFL. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘The League’ Review: Single Wing and a Prayer," 6 Nov. 2018 On April 8, a woman whose face was covered by a burqa came to the stage and told her story to the spellbound crowd. Pamela Constable And Haq Nawaz Khan, Washington Post, "In Pakistan, a young Pashtun man was killed by police. Another has risen to lead a movement.," 20 Apr. 2018 And Meghan Picerno is flawless as the spellbound Christine. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "'Love Never Dies' looks great, but less filling," 29 Mar. 2018 Witches are having a moment, so a trip to this spellbound Massachusetts village feels especially timely in 2017. Corbin Chamberlin, Vogue, "Magic Still Abounds in Salem, Massachusetts," 19 Oct. 2017 But was also horrified and spellbound by Brothers Grimm: Goose girl gave me goose bumps. New York Times, "Simon Schama: By the Book," 19 Oct. 2017 Some people pull as a way to cope with negative emotions, but others, like me, fall into a spellbound state where our hands, decoupled from our minds, scan for the next oddly textured hair to pull. Kimi Vesel, SELF, "How I Deal With Trichotillomania in the Workplace," 7 Oct. 2017 But even among this spellbound crowd, Jon and Susan Brewster are supernovas. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Front seat to the universe: 15 fast questions for the owners of an eclipse-ready home observatory," 15 Aug. 2017 Be spellbound and bedazzled by science fair winner presentations at the National Capital Astronomers meeting, held at the University of Maryland Observatory, College Park. Blaine P. Friedlander Jr., Washington Post, "Skywatch: Big planets Jupiter and Saturn will dazzle night skies in June," 27 May 2017

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First Known Use of spellbound

1785, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spellbound was in 1785

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English Language Learners Definition of spellbound

: giving all of your attention and interest to something or someone


spell·​bound | \ ˈspel-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce spellbound (audio) \

Kids Definition of spellbound

: having the interest or attention held by or as if by magic power

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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