[ bih-gahyl ]
/ bɪˈgaɪl /
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM beguilebe·guile·ment, nounbe·guil·er, nounun·be·guiled, adjectiveun·be·guil·ing, adjective
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How to use beguile in a sentence
They make him alternately the creature and beguiler of the King.
The story of Cleopatra, the beguiler of Mark Antony, is too well known to need repeating here.Oriental Women|Edward Bagby Pollard
And he called Herodotus a thief and a beguiler, and “the same with intent to deceive,” as one of their own poets writes.Letters to Dead Authors|Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for 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 beguilebeguilement, nounbeguiler, noun
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