Spellbind Spell"bind`, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spellbound}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Spellbinding}.] To bind or hold by, or as if by, a spell or charm; to entrance or fascinate, esp. by eloquence of speech, as in a political campaign. -- {Spell"bind`er}, n. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • spellbind — (v.) 1808, from SPELL (Cf. spell) (n.) + BIND (Cf. bind). Related: Spellbinding …   Etymology dictionary

  • spellbind — ► VERB (past and past part. spellbound) ▪ hold the complete attention of, as if by a spell; entrance. DERIVATIVES spellbinder noun …   English terms dictionary

  • spellbind — [spel′bīnd΄] vt. spellbound, spellbinding [back form. < SPELLBOUND] to hold by or as by a spell; fascinate; enchant …   English World dictionary

  • spellbind — transitive verb (spellbound; binding) Etymology: back formation from spellbound Date: 1808 to bind or hold by or as if by a spell …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • spellbind — spellbindingly, adv. /spel buynd /, v.t., spellbound, spellbinding. to hold or bind by or as if by a spell; enchant; entrance; fascinate. [1800 10; SPELL2 + BIND, deduced from SPELLBOUND] * * * …   Universalium

  • spellbind — verb To attract ones attention as if by a magic spell …   Wiktionary

  • spellbind — Synonyms and related words: absorb, absorb the attention, arrest, becharm, beguile, bewitch, captivate, carry away, cast a spell, catch, catch up, charm, enchant, engage, engage the attention, engage the mind, engage the thoughts, engross,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • spellbind — I (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. enchant, entrance, bewitch, mesmerize, hypnotize, charm, fascinate, hold, rivet, enthrall, transfix. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb 1. To act upon with or as if with magic: bewitch, charm, enchant, enthrall,… …   English dictionary for students

  • spellbind — spell·bind || spelbaɪnd v. enthrall, fascinate, captivate; hold under a magic spell or charm …   English contemporary dictionary

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