Synonyms Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), cap·ti·vat·ed, cap·ti·vat·ing. 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 1520–30;
Late Latin captīvātus
(past participle of
to take captive), equivalent to
-ātus -ate 1 Related forms cap·ti·vat·ing·ly, adverb cap·ti·va·tion, noun cap·ti·va·tive, adjective cap·ti·va·tor, noun un·cap·ti·vat·ed, adjective un·cap·ti·vat·ing, adjective un·cap·ti·va·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for captivative to hold the attention of by fascinating; enchant an obsolete word for capture Derived Forms captivatingly, adverb captivation, noun captivator, noun Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin
captivāre, from captīvus captive
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Word Origin and History for captivative 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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