- to attract and hold the attention or interest of, as by beauty or excellence; enchant: Her blue eyes and red hair captivated him.
- Obsolete. to capture; subjugate.
Origin of captivate
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Examples from the Web for captivate
It was, indeed, just the spot to captivate a youthful and susceptible fancy.Night and Morning, Complete
She seemed born, not only to captivate the giddy, but to turn the heads of the sage.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
The effort to captivate where there is no stake to win, means mischief.Lord Kilgobbin
I captivate—just as I fish, hunt, sketch, or shoot—to amuse myself.Barrington
Charles James Lever
And his mind was devilishly clever enough to captivate my fancy.Possessed
- to hold the attention of by fascinating; enchant
- an obsolete word for capture
Word Origin and History for captivate
1520s, "to enthrall with charm," from Late Latin captivatus, past participle of captivare "to take, capture," from captivus (see captive). Literal sense (1550s) is rare or obsolete in English, which uses capture (q.v.). Latin captare "to take, hold" also had a transferred sense of "to entice, entrap, allure." Related: Captivated; captivating; captivatingly.