verb (used with object), cap·ti·vat·ed, cap·ti·vat·ing.
- captive audience,
- captive market,
Origin of captivate
Examples from the Web for captivation
He still acknowledged that her beauty was the most complete; but he found in Camilla a variety that was captivation.Camilla|Fanny Burney
He knew that Clare Kenwardine was not the girl to attempt his captivation merely because he had shown himself susceptible.Brandon of the Engineers|Harold Bindloss
And he opened his watch-case as he spoke, and displayed a small miniature in enamel, of marvellous beauty and captivation.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly|Charles James Lever
Certainly, he reflected, no preparations were in progress in this quarter for his captivation.The Storm Centre|Charles Egbert Craddock
Manner is perhaps more seducing than mere beauty; but where they are allied, the captivation is irresistible.Rattlin the Reefer|Edward Howard
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.