verb (used with object), cap·ti·vat·ed, cap·ti·vat·ing.
Origin of captivate
British Dictionary definitions for captivative
Word Origin for captivate
Word Origin and History for captivative
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.