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captivate

[ kap-tuh-veyt ]
/ ˈkæp təˌveɪt /
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verb (used with object), cap·ti·vat·ed, cap·ti·vat·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

1520–30; <Late Latin captīvātus (past participle of captīvāre to take captive), equivalent to Latin captīv(us) captive + -ātus-ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for captivate

captivate
/ (ˈkæptɪˌveɪt) /

verb (tr)

to hold the attention of by fascinating; enchant
an obsolete word for capture
captivatingly, adverbcaptivation, nouncaptivator, noun
C16: from Late Latin captivāre, from captīvus captive
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