from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To deceive by guile; delude. See Synonyms at deceive.
- transitive v. To take away from by or as if by guile; cheat: a disease that has beguiled me of strength.
- transitive v. To distract the attention of; divert: "to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming” ( Abraham Lincoln).
- transitive v. To pass (time) pleasantly.
- transitive v. To amuse or charm; delight. See Synonyms at charm.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To deceive or delude (using guile).
- v. To charm, delight or captivate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To delude by guile, artifice, or craft; to deceive or impose on, as by a false statement; to lure.
- transitive v. To elude, or evade by craft; to foil.
- transitive v. To cause the time of to pass without notice; to relieve the tedium or weariness of; to while away; to divert.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To delude with guile; deceive; impose on by artifice or craft.
- To elude or check by artifice or craft; foil.
- To deprive of irksomeness or unpleasantness by diverting the mind; render unfelt; cause to pass insensibly and pleasantly; while away.
- To transform as if by charm or guile; charm.
- To entertain as with pastimes; amuse.
- To beguile of, to deprive of by guile or pleasing artifice.
- Synonyms Cheat, mislead, inveigle.
- 3–5. Amuse, Divert, etc. (see amuse); cheer, solace.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. attract; cause to be enamored
- v. influence by slyness
Middle English bigilen : bi-, be- + gilen, to deceive; see guile.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
be- + guile (Wiktionary)