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spellbound

[spel-bound] /ˈspɛlˌbaʊnd/
adjective
1.
bound by or as if by a spell; enchanted, entranced, or fascinated:
a spellbound audience.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; spell2 + -bound1

spellbind

[spel-bahynd] /ˈspɛlˌbaɪnd/
verb (used with object), spellbound, spellbinding.
1.
to hold or bind by or as if by a spell; enchant; entrance; fascinate.
Origin
1800-10; spell2 + bind, deduced from spellbound
Related forms
spellbindingly, adverb
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Examples from the web for spellbound
  • But even those who did not were held spellbound by the swinging sonorous cadence.
  • He can spin a tale, keep the poem going through countless twists and turns of the plot, and hold us spellbound.
  • Even aged and nearly mute, pop's great bombshell could hold an audience spellbound.
  • Many visitors have been spellbound while watching the daily activities of the wildlife.
  • Kayakers sit spellbound, the world's only witnesses to orcas slicing still ocean waters.
  • His steady voice holds listeners spellbound and waiting for what will happen next.
  • Yet she brings it home and the fee is much newer than some the people spellbound.
  • They want to be spellbound, and literature can provide such seduction.
British Dictionary definitions for spellbound

spellbound

/ˈspɛlˌbaʊnd/
adjective
1.
having one's attention held as though one is bound by a spell: a spellbound audience

spellbind

/ˈspɛlˌbaɪnd/
verb -binds, -binding, -bound
1.
(transitive) to cause to be spellbound; entrance or enthral
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Word Origin and History for spellbound
adj.

1799, from spell (n.) + bound (adj.1) "fastened," past participle of bind (v.).

spellbind

v.

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

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