- v to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
- v attract strongly, as if with a magnet
- v put into a trance
- Standing in a tent show before a penny-dreadful melodrama, he feels the actor's hypnotic hold on the crowd, senses that his words too may one day sway and spellbind.
- But whenever De Monfreid reaches land and begins to describe the gallery of rogues and brutes and generally weird people he claims to meet on his journeys, the book can spellbind.
- Forged DiariesTo the Editors:Hitler's odious power to spellbind an audience has wreaked havoc once again in the furor over the fake.