- An example of captivate is what happens to a group of people watching a fire works show; the fireworks captivate the people.
- An example of captivate is what happens to every person in an audience carefully watching a beautiful dancer; the dancer captivates the audience.
- Obs. to take or hold captive
- to capture the attention or affection of, as by beauty, excellence, etc.; fascinate; charm
Origin of captivate; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin captivatus, past participle of captivare, to take captive ; from Classical Latin captivus: see captive
transitive verbcap·ti·vat·ed, cap·ti·vat·ing, cap·ti·vates
- To attract and hold the interest of, as by beauty or wit. See Synonyms at charm.
- Archaic To capture.
Origin of captivateLate Latin captivare, captivat-, to capture, from Latin capt&imacron;vus, prisoner; see captive.
(third-person singular simple present captivates, present participle captivating, simple past and past participle captivated)