- The definition of captivate means to gain the attention or affection of someone.
- 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.
captivate definition by Webster's New World
- Obsolete to take or hold captive
- to capture the attention or affection of, as by beauty, excellence, etc.; fascinate; charm
Origin: ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin captivatus, past participle of captivare, to take captive ; from Classical Latin captivus: see captive
captivate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb cap·ti·vat·ed, cap·ti·vat·ing, cap·ti·vates
- To attract and hold by charm, beauty, or excellence. See Synonyms at charm.
- Archaic To capture.
Origin: Late Latin captivāre, captivāt-, to capture, from Latin captīvus, prisoner; see captive.
- capˌti·vaˈtion noun
- capˈti·vaˌtor noun