- 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.
Origin of captivate
Synonyms for captivate
Examples from the Web for captivatingly
Historical Examples of captivatingly
She entered the room with an air of triumph, as who should say: "See how captivatingly beautiful I am!"The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne
William J. Locke
The present sketch is captivatingly lifelike and thoroughly well-written, arousing a response from every lover of children.Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922
Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Not a point in the story is overlooked, and every phase of meaning is captivatingly illustrated in pantomime.Famous Prima Donnas
Lewis Clinton Strang
The "Stabat Mater" music would be captivatingly beautiful in any setting.The Standard Oratorios
George P. Upton
- to hold the attention of by fascinating; enchant
- an obsolete word for capture
Word Origin for captivate
Word Origin and History for captivatingly
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.