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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

First recorded in 1520–30; from Late Latin captīvātus (past participle of captīvāre “to take captive”), equivalent to Latin captīv(us) captive + -ātus -ate1

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How to use captivate in a sentence

  • His errand was to produce a deadly quarrel between the captive soul and the wicked one, its captivator.

  • She's a dressmaker by trade, she says; and a captivator of foolish young men by nature—don't go anigh her.

British Dictionary definitions for captivate

captivate
/ (ˈkæptɪˌveɪt) /

verb (tr)
to hold the attention of by fascinating; enchant
an obsolete word for capture

Derived forms of captivate

captivatingly, adverbcaptivation, nouncaptivator, noun

Word Origin for captivate

C16: from Late Latin captivāre, from captīvus captive
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