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beguile

[bih-gahyl]
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verb (used with object), be·guiled, be·guil·ing.
  1. to influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude.
  2. to take away from by cheating or deceiving (usually followed by of): to be beguiled of money.
  3. to charm or divert: a multitude of attractions to beguile the tourist.
  4. to pass (time) pleasantly: beguiling the long afternoon with a good book.
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Origin of beguile

First recorded in 1175–1225, beguile is from the Middle English word bigilen. See be-, guile
Related formsbe·guile·ment, nounbe·guil·er, nounun·be·guiled, adjectiveun·be·guil·ing, adjective

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1. deceive, cheat. 3. amuse, entertain.
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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.


British Dictionary definitions for beguile

beguile

verb -guiles, -guiling or -guiled (tr)
  1. to charm; fascinate
  2. to delude; influence by slyness
  3. (often foll by of or out of) to deprive (someone) of something by trickery; cheat (someone) of
  4. to pass pleasantly; while away
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Derived Formsbeguilement, nounbeguiler, noun
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Word Origin and History for beguile

v.

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

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