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.
'Tis a greater credit to know the ways of captivating Nature, and making her subserve our purposes, than to have learned all the intrigues of policy.
Origin of captivate
- Late Latin captivāre captivāt- to capture from Latin captīvus prisoner captive
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition