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

     

    charm

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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).
  3. 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 ‘song, verse, incantation’.Extra examples He charmed his way into the organization. Perhaps I can use his good mood to charm a concession out of him. She charmed him into giving her an audition. He charmed his mother into letting him have his own way. He charmed thousands with his singing. Phrasal Verbscharm something out of somebody
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: charm