Definition of spellbind in English:



  • Hold the complete attention of (someone) as though by magic; fascinate.

    ‘the killer whale gave the spellbound audience a good soaking’
    • ‘The notes rang out through the chatter of the crowd and I was instantly spellbound.’
    • ‘The most spellbinding moment of the trip came towards the end of the week.’
    • ‘The three other girls and her mother were spellbound by her story, and they leaned forward with interest.’
    • ‘Magic is not too strong a word, the audience was spellbound.’
    • ‘They stared at each other; spellbound by something neither of them could explain.’
    • ‘When I saw the painting, strangely executed on the upper glass panes of a door, I was spellbound.’
    • ‘It startled the three spellbound students when Dan took a step backwards into their small closed circle.’
    • ‘The room was spellbound as the two spoke in a language understood by no one.’
    • ‘He is spellbound to see the beautiful garden that lies within the mountain.’
    • ‘Both were spellbound by the courtesy, hospitality, helpfulness and friendliness of the African people.’
    • ‘Then we struck a zone so calm we were spellbound to silence.’
    • ‘The longer you spend in this remote region the more spellbinding you find it.’
    • ‘I was spellbound by the view from the top of one of the watch towers.’
    • ‘And though many have been spellbinding writers, relatively few Americans ever read them.’
    • ‘On the way here, she had been enthralled, mesmerised, spellbound by the area.’
    • ‘Even some of the youngest of today's Irish performers are left spellbound by his music.’
    • ‘This summer, young readers are invited to be spellbound by books.’
    • ‘The audience was spellbound when two aircraft etched a heart in the sky with their colourful trails.’
    • ‘Her deliverance of her stories will once again have her audiences spellbound.’
    • ‘She was spellbound by the bubbles that seemed to appear as the water cascaded in.’
    fascinating, enthralling, entrancing, bewitching, captivating, intriguing, riveting, transfixing, engrossing, gripping, very interesting, very exciting, thrilling, absorbing, compelling, compulsive, mesmerizing, mesmeric, hypnotic, magical
    enthralled, fascinated, rapt, riveted, transfixed, gripped, entranced, captivated, bewitched, under someone's spell, enraptured, enchanted, mesmerized, hypnotized
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