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captivate

[ kap-tuh-veyt ]
/ 藞k忙p t蓹藢ve瑟t /
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verb (used with object), cap路ti路vat路ed, cap路ti路vat路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.
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Origin of captivate

First recorded in 1520鈥30; from Late Latin capt墨v膩tus (past participle of capt墨v膩re 鈥渢o take captive鈥), equivalent to Latin capt墨v(us) captive + -膩tus -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for captivate

captivate
/ (藞k忙pt瑟藢ve瑟t) /

verb (tr)
to hold the attention of by fascinating; enchant
an obsolete word for capture

Derived forms of captivate

captivatingly, adverbcaptivation, nouncaptivator, noun

Word Origin for captivate

C16: from Late Latin captiv膩re, from capt墨vus captive
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