Definition of bewitch in English:



[with object]
  • 1Enchant and delight (someone)

    ‘they both were bewitched by the golden luminosity of Italy’
    • ‘Why do witches and old women fascinate and bewitch children?’
    • ‘The music came to us from an unknown, incomprehensible world, and it bewitched us.’
    • ‘Many of his chambermaids and servants have been bewitched by his charm.’
    • ‘All this taken into consideration, it should then, come as no surprise that the musical has bewitched audiences for so long - as it surely will for many years to come.’
    • ‘She was bewitching, enchanting, graced with an unearthly elegance.’
    • ‘It had bewitched her, entranced her, and now she found that she could not tear her gaze away from him.’
    • ‘His works enchant, bewitch, stimulate and evoke; in the face of them, some people laugh with joy, still others weep as they've never allowed themselves to.’
    • ‘According to James, ‘These photographs express the charm and bewitching nature of contemporary Chinese women’.’
    • ‘The woman at the centre of it all, is certainly bewitching in the flesh.’
    • ‘And yet we were as bewitched and delighted as any first-timer.’
    • ‘‘Uh, uh, yeah,’ he stammered, a bit mesmerized by her bewitching presence.’
    • ‘If you are unfamiliar with the silverberry, you may walk right by it, wondering at the mysterious source of the delightful scent which bewitches your nostrils.’
    • ‘This is a body of new work produced over the last twelve months which intrigue and bewitch the viewer.’
    • ‘I was bewitched the moment I laid eyes on her, and have loved her ever since.’
    • ‘Susan told her story clearly and precisely, using her bewitching charm to the full.’
    • ‘The spectacle of such a race had bewitched the crowd; the tannoy announced that a replay would be shown on the large screens.’
    • ‘Alienated from our natural surroundings, one can see why modern readers are bewitched by the idea of a ‘golden age’ where trees, streams, the very rocks speak a language which we have forgotten.’
    • ‘I was bewitched by that sound, the colours produced by all the instruments.’
    • ‘He had laughed, he had charmed me, almost bewitched me.’
    • ‘He felt bewitched, entranced by this woman full of life, brave and strong.’
    captivate, enchant, entrance, enrapture, charm, beguile, delight, fascinate, enthral, seduce, ravish, spellbind, hold spellbound, mesmerize, hypnotize, transfix
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  • 2Cast a spell over (someone)

    ‘a handsome prince who had been bewitched by a sorceress’
    • ‘He accused the goodwife of bewitching his daughter.’
    • ‘It follows the adventures of Gerda and her search for her faithful companion Kay after he is bewitched and imprisoned by the Snow Queen in her ice palace.’
    • ‘The Indians could bewitch my children, and my wife didn't want to go.’
    • ‘According to historians, Boyan was not a magician in the sense that he was able to cast spells, bewitch people and transform into animals, but he was a learned man and a poet.’
    • ‘The Duke oversees the case between Brabantio and Othello, whom he believes to have bewitched his daughter with magic.’
    • ‘There are recorded instances of them being beaten or even lynched: in 1667 three men were hanged for the murder of a woman suspected of bewitching a man.’
    • ‘The DC ordered the immediate arrest of the woman who vehemently denied keeping ghosts or bewitching the girl.’
    • ‘She must have bewitched you with her ways of magic.’
    • ‘In the end, the exasperated adults were compelled to employ the services of a piper, who bewitched the children with music and led them into a hollow mountain.’
    • ‘She also reported that the malefic cleric had confessed bewitching other people and recruiting a teenager into the ranks of the witches.’
    • ‘His descendants included Helen, who pretended she was bewitched.’
    • ‘Trying to remain calm Leo asked, ‘And who is this lady sorceress that you say has bewitched men everywhere, and why should you warn me?’’
    • ‘He almost laughed aloud when she mentioned his bewitching her into sleep.’
    • ‘I was bewitched when I cast my eyes on him at my father's place.’
    • ‘The witch doctor poisons a chicken, and, from the way the chicken staggers before dropping dead, the witch doctor determines that the rash has been caused by the client's sister-in-law bewitching him.’
    • ‘The girl had to deal not only with the lies of her boyfriend and the ridicule from society, she also had to cope with accusations by her boyfriend's sisters that she had bewitched him.’
    • ‘The mother had told him a long story about the children being bewitched and the house haunted, blaming a neighbour for laying a curse upon her children.’
    • ‘Afterwards, Jim tells stories to all the other slaves about how witches bewitched him that night.’
    cast a spell on, put a spell on, enchant
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Middle English: from be- ‘thoroughly’ + witch.