verb (used with object)

to affect by witchcraft or magic; cast a spell over.
to enchant; charm; fascinate: The painter bewitched the crowd with his latest work.

verb (used without object)

to cause someone to be enchanted; cast a spell over someone: She lost her power to bewitch.

Nearby words

  1. bewigged,
  2. bewilder,
  3. bewildered,
  4. bewildering,
  5. bewilderment,
  6. bewitched,
  7. bewitching,
  8. bewray,
  9. bexhill,
  10. bexley

Origin of bewitch

First recorded in 1175–1225, bewitch is from the Middle English word biwicchen. See be-, witch

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bewitched


verb (tr)

to attract and fascinate; enchant
to cast a spell over
Derived Formsbewitching, adjectivebewitchingly, adverb

Word Origin for bewitch

C13 bewicchen; see be-, witch

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Word Origin and History for bewitched
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