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/ ˈspɛlˌbaɪnd /
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verb (used with object), spell·bound, spell·bind·ing.
to hold or bind by or as if by a spell; enchant; entrance; fascinate.
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Origin of spellbind
1800–10; spell2 + bind, deduced from spellbound
OTHER WORDS FROM spellbindspell·bind·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use spellbind in a sentence
But how long can a show depend on the spellbinding performance of one actress?Why Should You Watch 'Orphan Black'? Tatiana Maslany.|Sujay Kumar|April 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She was, according to skating experts, spellbinding on Thursday night.Sotnikova Beat Kim Yu-Na? Figure Skating Is Probably Corrupt (But We Knew That)|Kevin Fallon|February 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A bizarre, kind-of-spellbinding video Bynes posted on her account yesterday is just the tip of the iceberg.Amanda Bynes’s Strange Selfie Video: Is She ‘Trolling’?|Kevin Fallon|April 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It is flawlessly crafted, intelligently constructed, strongly acted, and spellbinding.Roger Ebert’s 10 Best Reviews and 10 Best Zingers|Kevin Fallon|April 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Pink Hotel is a spellbinding story about identity and inheritance, and how we know who we are.This Week’s Hot Reads: April 1, 2013|Mythili Rao, Jimmy So|April 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The company's secretary has been busy making stock transfers all day—when he wasn't spellbinding from some platform or other.The King of Arcadia|Francis Lynde
You are staying for the spellbinding fest and entertainment, are you not?The Major|Ralph Connor
British Dictionary definitions for spellbind
/ (ˈspɛlˌbaɪnd) /
verb -binds, -binding or -bound
(tr) to cause to be spellbound; entrance or enthral
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