[ 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
OTHER WORDS FROM captivate
cap·ti·vat·ing·ly, adverbcap·ti·va·tion, nouncap·ti·va·tive, adjectivecap·ti·va·tor, noun
un·cap·ti·vat·ed, adjectiveun·cap·ti·vat·ing, adjectiveun·cap·ti·va·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for captivate
/ (ˈkæptɪˌveɪt) /
to hold the attention of by fascinating; enchant
an obsolete word for capture
Derived forms of captivatecaptivatingly, adverbcaptivation, nouncaptivator, noun
Word Origin for captivate
C16: from Late Latin captivāre, from captīvus captive
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