verb (used with object), cap·ti·vat·ed, cap·ti·vat·ing.
- captive audience,
- captive market,
Origin of captivate
Examples from the Web for captivate
His speeches have a freedom and a rhythmical flow which captivate the hearer.
The book is ‘executed’ with a vivacity, a dash, a ‘go,’ that will captivate any reader who is willing to meet the author halfway.The Bibliotaph|Leon H. Vincent
His personal appearance, notwithstanding the dust of travel, was calculated to captivate the public eye.
His expressive countenance, his noble air, his clear and sonorous voice, captivate the hearers.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century (Volume 1)|J. H. Merle D'Aubign
London women are very hard to beat in the little things which captivate and enthral.John Brown|Captain R. W. Campbell
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.