beguile

[ bih-gahyl ]

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Part of Speech

verb

Origin + Etymology

Middle English

from be- ‘thoroughly’ + obsolete guile ‘to deceive’

Synonyms

    1.
  • entertain
  • amuse
  • distract
  • divert
  • pass
  • spend
    2.
  • deceive
  • entice
  • mislead
  • seduce

Antonyms

    1.
  • bore
    2.
  • be honest
  • disenchant
  • repulse

Definition

1. to pass time pleasantly
2. charm or enchant (someone), sometimes in a deceptive way

Examples

1. A) They stopped in a cafe to beguile the time while waiting for their appointment. B) My mother and I often go to the movie theater to beguile the time.
2. A) Joe beguiled Jenny onto a date by telling her another couple would also be joining them. B) Punch cards are a way for stores to beguile customers into returning for repeat business.

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