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beguile

[bih-gahyl] /bɪˈgaɪl/
verb (used with object), beguiled, beguiling.
1.
to influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude.
2.
to take away from by cheating or deceiving (usually followed by of):
to be beguiled of money.
3.
to charm or divert:
a multitude of attractions to beguile the tourist.
4.
to pass (time) pleasantly:
beguiling the long afternoon with a good book.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English bigilen. See be-, guile
Related forms
beguilement, noun
beguiler, noun
unbeguiled, adjective
unbeguiling, adjective
Synonyms
1. deceive, cheat. 3. amuse, entertain.
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British Dictionary definitions for beguiled

beguile

/bɪˈɡaɪl/
verb (transitive) -guiles, -guiling, -guiled
1.
to charm; fascinate
2.
to delude; influence by slyness
3.
often foll by of or out of. to deprive (someone) of something by trickery; cheat (someone) of
4.
to pass pleasantly; while away
Derived Forms
beguilement, noun
beguiler, noun
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Word Origin and History for beguiled

beguile

v.

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

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