Definitions

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

Etymologies

Middle English bigilen : bi-, be- + gilen, to deceive; see guile.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
be- +‎ guile (Wiktionary)

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  • I just love the way this word is spelled. It looks pretty.If that makes any sense.

    June 20, 2009

  • "We spent the whole time in Kona and Hilo", said Tom beguilingly.

    December 10, 2008


  • Surprised by joy — impatient as the Wind
    I turned to share the transport–Oh! with whom
    But Thee, deep buried in the silent tomb,
    That spot which no vicissitude can find?
    Love, faithful love, recalled thee to my mind–
    But how could I forget thee? Through what power,
    Even for the least division of an hour,
    Have I been so beguiled as to be blind
    To my most grievous loss?–That thought’s return
    Was the worst pang that sorrow ever bore,
    Save one, one only, when I stood forlorn,
    Knowing my heart’s best treasure was no more;
    That neither present time, nor years unborn
    Could to my sight that heavenly face restore.

    - William Wordsworth, 'Surprised by Joy – Impatient as the Wind'.

    December 10, 2008