- 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 captivator
Historical Examples of captivator
- to hold the attention of by fascinating; enchant
- an obsolete word for capture
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.