verb (used with object), cap·ti·vat·ed, cap·ti·vat·ing.
Origin of captivate
Examples from the Web for captivating
Aside from oil, Russia has two great exports: brilliant, heady novelists and captivating dashboard camera videos.
But Roitfeld, ever the captivating subject, saves the film from feeling like B-roll.Carine Roitfeld Documentary ‘Mademoiselle C’ Offers Intimate Look|Isabel Wilkinson|September 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Del Rey is captivating with her new dark tresses and crimson-tinted lips, and a full orchestra plays as her backup band.Lana Del Rey, Skylar Grey & More Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO)|Jean Trinh|May 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Jean Trinh picks the most captivating ones and pairs them with video evidence.'The Shining': The Craziest Theories Behind the Film|Jean Trinh|March 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It makes for fiery, captivating, and even uncomfortable television, which is pretty great to watch.Barbara Walters Needs to Hire Brooke Shields for ‘The View’|Kevin Fallon|March 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
To me there was nothing of that engaging, captivating manner which I had been taught to expect by many even of her enemies.Maria Edgeworth|Helen Zimmern
Su-sus beauty was of a most refined style, with a captivating sweetness of voice and grace of movement.A History of Chinese Literature|Herbert A. Giles
The persons who liked Ruth thought her beautiful; they asserted that her countenance had in it something which was captivating.Horace Chase|Constance Fenimore Woolson
Whoever he might be, his manner and his talk were captivating.The Evil Genius|Wilkie Collins
A few years ago, an American woman of captivating address gained great reputation in Paris as a milliner.The College, the Market, and the Court|Caroline H. Dall
British Dictionary definitions for captivating
Word Origin for captivate
Word Origin and History for captivating
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.