verb (used with object), cap·ti·vat·ed, cap·ti·vat·ing.
Origin of captivate
Synonyms for captivate
Related Words for captivategrip, gratify, dazzle, bewitch, fascinate, enthrall, seduce, mesmerize, please, delight, hypnotize, beguile, entertain, charm, enrapture, intrigue, infatuate, entrance, lure, win
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Historical Examples of captivate
It was, indeed, just the spot to captivate a youthful and susceptible fancy.Night and Morning, Complete
She seemed born, not only to captivate the giddy, but to turn the heads of the sage.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
The effort to captivate where there is no stake to win, means mischief.Lord Kilgobbin
I captivate—just as I fish, hunt, sketch, or shoot—to amuse myself.Barrington
Charles James Lever
And his mind was devilishly clever enough to captivate my fancy.Possessed
Word Origin for captivate
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.