Definition

(Verb) To win the attention or interest of (any one) by wiling means; to charm, divert, amuse; to wile (one) on, or into any course.

In Context

“Even though Washington and Beijing want Mr. Hu’s visit to be ‘successful,’ no positive words can disguise the fact that China is unlikely ever to beguile the U.S. quite as she did from the 1970s through to the ’90s.”

Arthur Waldron, “Guess Hu’s Coming to the White House,” The Jerusalem Post, May 2, 2002.