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[spel-bahynd] /ˈspɛlˌbaɪnd/
verb (used with object), spellbound, spellbinding.
to hold or bind by or as if by a spell; enchant; entrance; fascinate.
Origin of spellbind
1800-10; spell2 + bind, deduced from spellbound
Related forms
spellbindingly, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for spellbinding


verb -binds, -binding, -bound
(transitive) to cause to be spellbound; entrance or enthral
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Word Origin and History for spellbinding



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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