Captivate meaning

kăptə-vāt
(obs.) To take or hold captive.
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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.

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(archaic) To capture.
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To attract and hold the interest of, as by beauty or wit.
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To capture the attention or affection of, as by beauty, excellence, etc.; fascinate; charm.
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To attract and hold interest and attention of; charm.
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Glanvill.

'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.

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Origin of captivate

  • Late Latin captivāre captivāt- to capture from Latin captīvus prisoner captive

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition