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.
- cap·ti·va·tion [kap-tuh-vey-shuhn], /ˌkæp təˈveɪ ʃən/, noun
- cap·ti·va·tive, adjective
- cap·ti·va·tor, noun
- un·cap·ti·vat·ed, adjective
- un·cap·ti·va·tive, adjective
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How to use captivate in a sentence
That perspective captivated Williams, and over the last two decades she’s established many of its most far-reaching implications.A Mathematician’s Unanticipated Journey Through the Physical World | Kevin Hartnett | December 16, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
Biographies of scientific legends and lesser-known luminaries, tales of amazing animals and stories of exploration captivated Science News staff.Our favorite books of 2020 covered climate change, Mars, the end of the universe and more | Science News Staff | December 13, 2020 | Science News
Birding gives us an opportunity to be captivated and allow them to teach us things like patience and appreciation.
Through sheer force of will and a healthy dose of operating genius, Musk has built an electric-auto maker and battery manufacturer that is seemingly dragging an entire industry into the 21st century—and captivated investors around the world.
His rallies captivated a nation, and before that his reality TV show was a runaway hit.Crystal Ball 2021: Predictions for the economy, politics, technology, and more | lbelanger225 | December 1, 2020 | Fortune
Even while Hitler and Mao still captivate the popular imagination, one of the great monsters of the 20th century recedes.
Why did The Princess Bride captivate America in the year of Watergate?American Dreams, 1973: The Princess Bride by William Goldman | Nathaniel Rich | August 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Her childlike delight in the world and occasional melancholic outbursts captivate Marcenat completely.
Whatever tells us of the yet unknown attraction can charm, interest, delight, and captivate us.Urania | Camille Flammarion
"I am quite innocent of any intention to captivate," replied Fanny.Frank Fairlegh | Frank E. Smedley
His speeches have a freedom and a rhythmical flow which captivate the hearer.The Contemporary Review, January 1883 | Various
The interests of a moment engross and captivate the passions, and kindle ardours which burn with incessant vigour.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I | Francis Augustus Cox
But there were added minor articles of use and fancy to please the youth or captivate the imagination of the women in the tribes.Duffels | Edward Eggleston
British Dictionary definitions for captivate
to hold the attention of by fascinating; enchant
an obsolete word for capture
- captivatingly, adverb
- captivation, noun
- captivator, noun
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