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Definition of beguile verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    beguile

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//bɪˈɡaɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈɡaɪl//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they beguile
    BrE BrE//bɪˈɡaɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈɡaɪl//
     
    he / she / it beguiles
    BrE BrE//bɪˈɡaɪlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈɡaɪlz//
     
    past simple beguiled
    BrE BrE//bɪˈɡaɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈɡaɪld//
     
    past participle beguiled
    BrE BrE//bɪˈɡaɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈɡaɪld//
     
    -ing form beguiling
    BrE BrE//bɪˈɡaɪlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈɡaɪlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1beguile somebody (into doing something) to trick somebody into doing something, especially by being nice to them She beguiled them into believing her version of events.
  2. 2beguile somebody to attract or interest somebody He was beguiled by her beauty. The tapestries continue to beguile all those who visit the cathedral.
  3. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘deceive, deprive of by fraud’): from be- ‘thoroughly’ + obsolete guile ‘to deceive’ (from Old French, probably from Old Norse).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: beguile