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spellbound

[spel-bound]
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adjective
  1. bound by or as if by a spell; enchanted, entranced, or fascinated: a spellbound audience.
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Origin of spellbound

First recorded in 1790–1800; spell2 + -bound1

spellbind

[spel-bahynd]
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 spellbound

breathless, bemused, rapt, enthralled, amazed, charmed, bewildered, possessed, hooked, transported, held, bewitched, petrified, transfixed, mesmerized, gripped, agape, open-mouthed

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British Dictionary definitions for spellbound

spellbound

adjective
  1. having one's attention held as though one is bound by a spella spellbound audience
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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 spellbound

adj.

1799, from spell (n.) + bound (adj.1) "fastened," past participle of bind (v.).

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spellbind

v.

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

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