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beguile (verb) mislead; trick others; to spend time.

To beguile is to make a person do something or believe something, by talking nicely to them, and by being pleasant to them just to have them do it or believe it. A dishonest shopkeeper beguiles their customers into buying something, even if they donít like it. That is, they trick them into buying it, though it is worthless. Cheats beguile people. That is, they deceive people by playing tricks on them. To beguile also means to spend time. If on a rainy day, unable to go out, you spend time watching the television, you beguile the hours watching the television. He beguiled his youth gambling and racing. This means, he spent the whole of his youth gambling and racing.

  • With his sweet tongue and pleasant manners, Kenny beguiled Sarah into believing that he loved her, but very soon she realized that it was her money he was after.
  • They beguiled their leisure hours during their vacation by trekking expeditions to the nearby mountains.
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