Definition of spellbind in US English:

spellbind

verbspellbound

[with object]
  • 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.’
    • ‘This summer, young readers are invited to be spellbound by books.’
    • ‘Magic is not too strong a word, the audience was spellbound.’
    • ‘I was spellbound by the view from the top of one of the watch towers.’
    • ‘He is spellbound to see the beautiful garden that lies within the mountain.’
    • ‘It startled the three spellbound students when Dan took a step backwards into their small closed circle.’
    • ‘Her deliverance of her stories will once again have her audiences spellbound.’
    • ‘The most spellbinding moment of the trip came towards the end of the week.’
    • ‘On the way here, she had been enthralled, mesmerised, spellbound by the area.’
    • ‘And though many have been spellbinding writers, relatively few Americans ever read them.’
    • ‘The three other girls and her mother were spellbound by her story, and they leaned forward with interest.’
    • ‘She was spellbound by the bubbles that seemed to appear as the water cascaded in.’
    • ‘When I saw the painting, strangely executed on the upper glass panes of a door, I was spellbound.’
    • ‘The room was spellbound as the two spoke in a language understood by no one.’
    • ‘The longer you spend in this remote region the more spellbinding you find it.’
    • ‘Then we struck a zone so calm we were spellbound to silence.’
    • ‘They stared at each other; spellbound by something neither of them could explain.’
    • ‘Both were spellbound by the courtesy, hospitality, helpfulness and friendliness of the African people.’
    • ‘The audience was spellbound when two aircraft etched a heart in the sky with their colourful trails.’
    • ‘Even some of the youngest of today's Irish performers are left spellbound by his music.’
    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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Pronunciation

spellbind

/ˈspɛlbaɪnd//ˈspelbīnd/