Definition of beguile in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Charm or enchant (someone), sometimes in a deceptive way.

    ‘every prominent American artist has been beguiled by Maine’
    • ‘a beguiling smile’
    charming, attractive, appealing, pleasing, pleasant, lovely, delightful, enchanting, entrancing, charismatic, captivating, bewitching, spellbinding, hypnotizing, mesmerizing, magnetic, alluring, enticing, tempting, inviting, seductive, irresistible
    charm, attract, enchant, entrance, win over, woo, captivate, bewitch, spellbind, dazzle, blind, hypnotize, mesmerize, seduce, tempt, lead on, lure, entice, ensnare, entrap
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    1. 1.1Trick (someone) into doing something.
      • ‘they were beguiled into signing a peace treaty’
      deceive, delude, hoodwink, mislead, take in, dupe, fool, double-cross, cheat, defraud, swindle, outwit, outmanoeuvre, catch out, gull, hoax, bamboozle, beguile
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  • 2 literary Help (time) pass pleasantly.

    • ‘to beguile some of the time they went to the movie theater’
    entertain, amuse, delight, please, occupy, absorb, engage, distract, divert, interest, fascinate, enthral, engross, preoccupy, hold the attention of
    while away, pass, spend, use up, take up
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/bəˈɡīl/ /bəˈɡaɪl/


Middle English (in the sense ‘deceive, deprive of by fraud’): from be-‘thoroughly’ + obsolete guile ‘to deceive’ (see guile).