bewitch

To bewitch is to cast a spell on someone with witchcraft or to capture their attention in another way. You might bewitch someone with your beauty or with your potion. The choice is yours.

The word witch is a big clue to what bewitching means. In a Halloween story, if a witch casts a spell over someone to control them, that's an example of bewitching. Bewitching happens in the real world when something captures your attention or attracts you. A fascinating storyteller bewitches you. When people fall in love, they bewitch one another.

Definitions of bewitch
  1. verb
    cast a spell over someone or something; put a hex on someone or something
    synonyms: enchant, glamour, hex, jinx, witch
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    types:
    voodoo
    bewitch by or as if by a voodoo
    spell
    place under a spell
    type of:
    becharm, charm
    control by magic spells, as by practicing witchcraft
  2. verb
    attract; cause to be enamored
    synonyms: becharm, beguile, captivate, capture, catch, charm, enamor, enamour, enchant, entrance, fascinate, trance
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    types:
    hold
    hold the attention of
    work
    gratify and charm, usually in order to influence
    type of:
    appeal, attract
    be attractive to
  3. verb
    attract strongly, as if with a magnet
    synonyms: magnetise, magnetize, mesmerise, mesmerize, spellbind
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    type of:
    charm, influence, tempt
    induce into action by using one's charm
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