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[bih-gahyl] /bɪˈgaɪl/
verb (used with object), beguiled, beguiling.
to influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude.
to take away from by cheating or deceiving (usually followed by of):
to be beguiled of money.
to charm or divert:
a multitude of attractions to beguile the tourist.
to pass (time) pleasantly:
beguiling the long afternoon with a good book.
Origin of beguile
First recorded in 1175-1225, beguile is from the Middle English word bigilen. See be-, guile
Related forms
beguilement, noun
beguiler, noun
unbeguiled, adjective
unbeguiling, adjective
1. deceive, cheat. 3. amuse, entertain. Unabridged
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  • Let Old Eaton have his way, if thereby they might beguile him into paving theirs.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • In this way we shall have a model of the whole; and with these and similar discourses we will beguile the way.

    Laws Plato
  • All this has served to beguile my heart, and keep it in some degree occupied.

  • The Circassians also beguile the way on their journeys with riding songs.

    Life of Schamyl John Milton Mackie
  • No party had been alluring enough to beguile her from her books.

  • And whither did the example of Dante beguile those who imitated him?

  • Three tiny girls were to be taught “old maid” to beguile the time.

    The Children Alice Meynell
British Dictionary definitions for beguile


verb (transitive) -guiles, -guiling, -guiled
to charm; fascinate
to delude; influence by slyness
often foll by of or out of. to deprive (someone) of something by trickery; cheat (someone) of
to pass pleasantly; while away
Derived Forms
beguilement, noun
beguiler, noun
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Word Origin and History for beguile

early 13c., from be- + guile (v.). Related: Beguiled; beguiling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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