You are enamored of them; they captivate you with their uncouth glamors; towards them you are drawn, eh?
To captivate the affections was a secondary use of the phrase.
During the evening she exerted herself, as usual, to captivate him, and bring him to her feet.
It was, indeed, just the spot to captivate a youthful and susceptible fancy.
The whole story had a certain flavor about it which would be sure to captivate such a nature as his.
I captivate—just as I fish, hunt, sketch, or shoot—to amuse myself.
The book is ‘executed’ with a vivacity, a dash, a ‘go,’ that will captivate any reader who is willing to meet the author halfway.
Just the kind of girl I should suppose likely to captivate poor Edward.
Coquettishly she plied all her wiles to captivate poor Pommer anew.
These objects which captivate us are what we were, what we must be again some day.
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.