beguile

[ bih-gahyl ]
/ bɪˈgaɪl /

verb (used with object), be·guiled, be·guil·ing.

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.

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Origin of beguile

First recorded in 1175–1225, beguile is from the Middle English word bigilen. See be-, guile

OTHER WORDS FROM beguile

be·guile·ment, nounbe·guil·er, nounun·be·guiled, adjectiveun·be·guil·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for beguilement

beguile
/ (bɪˈɡaɪl) /

verb -guiles, -guiling or -guiled (tr)

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 of beguile

beguilement, nounbeguiler, noun
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