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captivate

[kap-tuh-veyt]
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verb (used with object), cap·ti·vat·ed, cap·ti·vat·ing.
  1. to attract and hold the attention or interest of, as by beauty or excellence; enchant: Her blue eyes and red hair captivated him.
  2. Obsolete. to capture; subjugate.

Origin of captivate

1520–30; < Late Latin captīvātus (past participle of captīvāre to take captive), equivalent to Latin captīv(us) captive + -ātus -ate1
Related formscap·ti·vat·ing·ly, adverbcap·ti·va·tion, nouncap·ti·va·tive, adjectivecap·ti·va·tor, nounun·cap·ti·vat·ed, adjectiveun·cap·ti·vat·ing, adjectiveun·cap·ti·va·tive, adjective

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1. fascinate, bewitch, charm. 2. subdue.
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Examples from the Web for captivatingly

Historical Examples

  • She entered the room with an air of triumph, as who should say: "See how captivatingly beautiful I am!"

    The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne

    William J. Locke

  • The present sketch is captivatingly lifelike and thoroughly well-written, arousing a response from every lover of children.

  • Not a point in the story is overlooked, and every phase of meaning is captivatingly illustrated in pantomime.

    Famous Prima Donnas

    Lewis Clinton Strang

  • The "Stabat Mater" music would be captivatingly beautiful in any setting.

    The Standard Oratorios

    George P. Upton


British Dictionary definitions for captivatingly

captivate

verb (tr)
  1. to hold the attention of by fascinating; enchant
  2. an obsolete word for capture
Derived Formscaptivatingly, adverbcaptivation, nouncaptivator, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin captivāre, from captīvus captive
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Word Origin and History for captivatingly

captivate

v.

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.

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