beguile

  • 1 Beguile — Be*guile , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beguiled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Beguiling}.] 1. To delude by guile, artifice, or craft; to deceive or impose on, as by a false statement; to lure. [1913 Webster] The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. Gen. iii. 13.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 beguile — 1 delude, *deceive, mislead, betray, double cross Analogous words: *dupe, gull, befool, trick, hoax, hoodwink, bamboozle: cajole, wheedle, blandish, *coax: *cheat, cozen: *lure, entice, seduce 2 * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 beguile — [v1] fool betray, bluff, burn*, cheat, chisel, con, deceive, delude, double cross, dupe, entice, exploit, finesse, flimflam*, gyp*, have, hoodwink*, impose on, jockey, juggle, lure, manipulate, mislead, play, play for a sucker*, rook*, rope in*,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 4 beguile — index bait (lure), betray (lead astray), bilk, cheat, circumvent, cloak, deceive …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 beguile — early 13c., from BE (Cf. be ) + GUILE (Cf. guile) (v.). Related: Beguiled; beguiling …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 beguile — ► VERB 1) charm, enchant, or trick. 2) archaic or literary help (time) pass pleasantly. DERIVATIVES beguiling adjective …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 beguile — [bē gīl′, bigīl′] vt. beguiled, beguiling 1. to mislead by cheating or tricking; deceive 2. to deprive (someone) of or out of something by deceit; cheat [he was beguiled of his money] 3. to pass (time) pleasantly; while away [she beguiled her… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 beguile — v. (formal) 1) (D; tr.) to beguile into (he beguiled me into lending him money) 2) (D; tr.) to beguile out of 3) (D; tr.) to beguile with (to beguile children with stories) * * * [bɪ gaɪl] (D; tr.) to beguile out of (formal) (D:tr.) to… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 9 beguile — UK [bɪˈɡaɪl] / US verb [transitive] Word forms beguile : present tense I/you/we/they beguile he/she/it beguiles present participle beguiling past tense beguiled past participle beguiled formal to persuade or trick someone into doing something,… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 beguile — beguilement, n. beguiler, n. /bi guyl /, v.t., beguiled, beguiling. 1. to influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude. 2. to take away from by cheating or deceiving (usually fol. by of): to be beguiled of money. 3. to charm or divert:… …

    Universalium

  • 11 beguile — verb a) To deceive or delude (using guile). I know, sir, I am no flatterer : he that beguiled you, in a plain accent, was a plain knave. b) To charm, delight or captivate. I feel how weak and fruitless mus …

    Wiktionary

  • 12 beguile — Synonyms and related words: allure, amuse, bamboozle, beat, becharm, beguile of, betray, bewitch, bilk, bluff, bunco, burn, cajole, call away, captivate, carry away, cast a spell, charm, cheat, cheat on, chisel, chouse, chouse out of, circumvent …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 13 beguile — be|guile [bıˈgaıl] v [T] 1.) to interest and attract someone ▪ She was beguiled by his smooth talk. 2.) to persuade or trick someone into doing something beguile sb into doing sth ▪ He was beguiled into buying another copy of her book. 3.)… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 beguile — [[t]bɪga͟ɪl[/t]] beguiles, beguiling, beguiled 1) VERB If something beguiles you, you are charmed and attracted by it. [V n] His paintings beguiled the Prince of Wales... [V n] I was beguiled by the romance and exotic atmosphere of the souks in… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 beguile — be•guile [[t]bɪˈgaɪl[/t]] v. t. guiled, guil•ing. 1) to influence by guile; mislead; delude 2) to take away from by cheating or deceiving (usu. fol. by of): to be beguiled of money[/ex] 3) to charm or divert: attractions to beguile the… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 beguile — /bəˈgaɪl / (say buh guyl), /bi / (say bee ) verb (t) (beguiled, beguiling) 1. to influence by guile; mislead; delude. 2. to charm or divert. 3. to while away (time) pleasantly. –phrase 4. beguile someone of something, to take something away from… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 beguile — verb (beguiled; beguiling) Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to lead by deception 2. hoodwink 3. to while away especially by some agreeable occupation; also divert 2 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 beguile — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. delude, deceive; amuse, divert. See deception, pleasure. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To deceive] Syn. mislead, trick, delude, hoodwink; see deceive , tempt . 2. [To charm] Syn. delight, divert, amuse,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 beguile — be|guile [ bı gaıl ] verb transitive FORMAL to persuade or trick someone into doing something, especially by saying nice things to them: She was beguiled by his charm …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 beguile — v. a. K. Horn, 328 …

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