beguile

UK [bɪˈɡaɪl] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "beguile":
present tense I/you/we/they beguile he/she/it beguiles present participle beguiling past tense beguiled past participle beguiled formal
to persuade or trick someone into doing something, especially by saying nice things to them

She was beguiled by his charm.


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  • Beguile — Be*guile , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beguiled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Beguiling}.] 1. To delude by guile, artifice, or craft; to deceive or impose on, as by a false statement; to lure. [1913 Webster] The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. Gen. iii. 13.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • beguile — 1 delude, *deceive, mislead, betray, double cross Analogous words: *dupe, gull, befool, trick, hoax, hoodwink, bamboozle: cajole, wheedle, blandish, *coax: *cheat, cozen: *lure, entice, seduce 2 * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • beguile — [v1] fool betray, bluff, burn*, cheat, chisel, con, deceive, delude, double cross, dupe, entice, exploit, finesse, flimflam*, gyp*, have, hoodwink*, impose on, jockey, juggle, lure, manipulate, mislead, play, play for a sucker*, rook*, rope in*,… …   New thesaurus

  • beguile — index bait (lure), betray (lead astray), bilk, cheat, circumvent, cloak, deceive …   Law dictionary

  • beguile — early 13c., from BE (Cf. be ) + GUILE (Cf. guile) (v.). Related: Beguiled; beguiling …   Etymology dictionary

  • beguile — ► VERB 1) charm, enchant, or trick. 2) archaic or literary help (time) pass pleasantly. DERIVATIVES beguiling adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • beguile — [bē gīl′, bigīl′] vt. beguiled, beguiling 1. to mislead by cheating or tricking; deceive 2. to deprive (someone) of or out of something by deceit; cheat [he was beguiled of his money] 3. to pass (time) pleasantly; while away [she beguiled her… …   English World dictionary

  • beguile — v. (formal) 1) (D; tr.) to beguile into (he beguiled me into lending him money) 2) (D; tr.) to beguile out of 3) (D; tr.) to beguile with (to beguile children with stories) * * * [bɪ gaɪl] (D; tr.) to beguile out of (formal) (D:tr.) to… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • beguile — beguilement, n. beguiler, n. /bi guyl /, v.t., beguiled, beguiling. 1. to influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude. 2. to take away from by cheating or deceiving (usually fol. by of): to be beguiled of money. 3. to charm or divert:… …   Universalium

  • beguile — verb a) To deceive or delude (using guile). I know, sir, I am no flatterer : he that beguiled you, in a plain accent, was a plain knave. b) To charm, delight or captivate. I feel how weak and fruitless mus …   Wiktionary

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