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[bih-gahyl] /bɪˈgaɪl/
verb (used with object), beguiled, beguiling.
to influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude.
to take away from by cheating or deceiving (usually followed by of):
to be beguiled of money.
to charm or divert:
a multitude of attractions to beguile the tourist.
to pass (time) pleasantly:
beguiling the long afternoon with a good book.
Origin of beguile
1175-1225; Middle English bigilen. See be-, guile
Related forms
beguilement, noun
beguiler, noun
unbeguiled, adjective
unbeguiling, adjective
1. deceive, cheat. 3. amuse, entertain. Unabridged
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  • How any fox outside of the fable could beguile a crow is a puzzle to me.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • Let Old Eaton have his way, if thereby they might beguile him into paving theirs.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • The way is long and we shall have much ado to beguile the tediousness of it.

    Peggy Owen at Yorktown Lucy Foster Madison
  • In this way we shall have a model of the whole; and with these and similar discourses we will beguile the way.

    Laws Plato
  • The waiting unnerves me, and I beguile the time by examining all the little details of the building.

  • All this has served to beguile my heart, and keep it in some degree occupied.

  • If Mariana is there she certainly has no pile of old magazines to beguile her leisure.

    Italian Hours Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for beguile


verb (transitive) -guiles, -guiling, -guiled
to charm; fascinate
to delude; influence by slyness
often foll by of or out of. to deprive (someone) of something by trickery; cheat (someone) of
to pass pleasantly; while away
Derived Forms
beguilement, noun
beguiler, noun
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Word Origin and History for beguile

early 13c., from be- + guile (v.). Related: Beguiled; beguiling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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