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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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Related Words for spellbinding

beguile, mesmerize, slay, win, draw, inveigle, allure, kill, wow, vamp, attract, transport, hex, captivate, please, send, tickle, take, cajole, entrance

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  • You are staying for the spellbinding fest and entertainment, are you not?

    The Major

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British Dictionary definitions for spellbinding


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



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

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