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spellbind

[spel-bahynd]
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verb (used with object), spell·bound, spell·bind·ing.
  1. 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
Related formsspell·bind·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for spellbinding

spellbind

verb -binds, -binding or -bound
  1. (tr) to cause to be spellbound; entrance or enthral
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Word Origin and History for spellbinding

spellbind

v.

1808, from spell (n.) + bind. Related: Spellbinding.

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