be|witch [ bı`wıtʃ ] verb transitive
to control someone's behavior with magic:
The old man was convinced that she had bewitched him.
a. to make someone strongly attracted to you by your behavior:
an athlete who bewitches the crowd with his speed and skill
╾ be|witch|ing adjective:
a bewitching performance

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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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 — 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 …   English 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 (horse) — Thoroughbred racehorse infobox horsename = Bewitch caption = sire = Bull Lea grandsire = Bull Dog dam = Potheen damsire = Wildair sex = Filly foaled = 1945 country = USA (Kentucky) flagicon|USA colour = Brown breeder = Warren Wright, Calumet… …   Wikipedia

  • 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

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