- 1[transitive, intransitive] charm (somebody) to please or attract somebody in order to make them like you or do what you want He was charmed by her beauty and wit. Her words had lost their power to charm.
- 2[transitive] charm somebody/something to control or protect somebody/something using magic, or as if using magic He has led a charmed life (= he has been lucky even in dangerous or difficult situations). Word Origin Middle English (in the senses ‘incantation or magic spell’ and ‘to use spells’): from Old French charme (noun), charmer (verb), from Latin carmen
BrE BrE//tʃɑːm//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːrm//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they charm
BrE BrE//tʃɑːm//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːrm//he / she / it charms
BrE BrE//tʃɑːmz//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːrmz//past simple charmed
BrE BrE//tʃɑːmd//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːrmd//past participle charmed
BrE BrE//tʃɑːmd//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɑːrmd//-ing form charming
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɑːmɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɑːrmɪŋ//