bewitch

UK [bɪˈwɪtʃ] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "bewitch":
present tense I/you/we/they bewitch he/she/it bewitches present participle bewitching past tense bewitched past participle bewitched
1) to control someone's behaviour with magic

The old man was convinced that she had bewitched him.

2) to make someone strongly attracted to you or interested in you

a player who bewitches the crowd with his speed and skill


Derived word:
bewitching
adjective

a bewitching performance


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Bewitch — Be*witch , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bewitched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Bewitching}.] 1. To gain an ascendency over by charms or incantations; to affect (esp. to injure) by witchcraft or sorcery. [1913 Webster] See how I am bewitched; behold, mine arm Is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bewitch — index lure, obsess Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • bewitch — (v.) c.1200, biwicchen, from BE (Cf. be ) + O.E. wiccian to enchant, to practice witchcraft (see WITCH (Cf. witch)). Literal at first, figurative sense of to fascinate is from 1520s. *Bewiccian may well have existed in Old English, but it is not… …   Etymology dictionary

  • bewitch — enchant, captivate, fascinate, charm, allure, *attract Analogous words: *thrill, electrify: delight, *please: infatuate, enamor (see corresponding adjectives at ENAMORED) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • bewitch — [v] charm allure, attract, bedevil, beguile, captivate, capture, control, dazzle, draw, enchant, enrapture, enthrall, entrance, fascinate, hex, hypnotize, knock dead*, knock out, put horns on*, put the whammy on*, put under magic spell*, send*,… …   New thesaurus

  • bewitch — ► VERB 1) cast a spell over. 2) enchant and delight. DERIVATIVES bewitcher noun bewitching adjective bewitchment noun. ORIGIN from WITCH(Cf. ↑witchy) …   English terms dictionary

  • bewitch — [bē wich′, biwich′] vt. [ME biwicchen < BE , intens. + wicchen < OE wiccian < wicca,WITCH] 1. to use witchcraft or magic on; cast a spell over 2. to attract and delight irresistibly; enchant; fascinate; charm bewitching adj. bewitchingly …   English World dictionary

  • bewitch — verb Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. a. to influence or affect especially injuriously by witchcraft b. to cast a spell over 2. to attract as if by the power of witchcraft ; enchant, fas …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bewitch — bewitcher, n. bewitchery, n. bewitchingness, n. bewitchment, n. /bi wich /, v.t. 1. to affect by witchcraft or magic; cast a spell over. 2. to enchant; charm; fascinate. [1175 1225; ME biwicchen. See BE , WITCH] Syn …   Universalium

  • bewitch — verb /bɪˈwɪtʃ/ a) to cast a spell on someone or something b) to astonish or amaze …   Wiktionary

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