1520s, from Middle French captation, from Latin captationem (nominative captatio) "a reaching after, a catching at," noun of action from past participle stem of captare (see catch (v.)).

Nearby words

  1. captaincy,
  2. captains courageous,
  3. captains of industry,
  4. captainship,
  5. captan,
  6. captcha,
  7. caption,
  8. captious,
  9. captiously,
  10. captivate

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