transitive verb (-vated; -vating) Date: circa 1555 1. archaic seize, capture 2. to influence and dominate by some special charm, art, or trait and with an irresistible appeal Synonyms: see attractcaptivation nouncaptivator noun

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  • Captivate — Cap ti*vate, p. a. [L. captivatus.] Taken prisoner; made captive; insnared; charmed. [1913 Webster] Women have been captivate ere now. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Captivate — Cap ti*vate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Captivated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Captivating}.] [L. captivatus, p. p. of captivare to capture, fr. captivus captive. See {Captive}.] 1. To take prisoner; to capture; to subdue. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Their woes whom… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • captivate — index coax, lure, motivate, occupy (engage), subdue Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • captivate — (v.) 1520s, to enthrall with charm, from L.L. captivatus, pp. of captivare to take, capture, from captivus (see CAPTIVE (Cf. captive)). Literal sense (1550s) is rare or obsolete. Latin captare also had a transf. sense of to entice, entrap, allure …   Etymology dictionary

  • captivate — fascinate, bewitch, enchant, charm, allure, *attract Analogous words: delight, *please, gratify: win, gain (see GET) Antonyms: repulse …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • captivate — [v] attract, enchant allure, beguile, bewitch, charm, dazzle, delight, draw, enamour, enrapture, enslave, ensnare, entertain, enthrall, entrance, fascinate, gratify, grip, hold, hook, hypnotize, infatuate, intrigue, lure, magnetize, make a hit… …   New thesaurus

  • captivate — ► VERB ▪ attract and hold the interest and attention of; charm. DERIVATIVES captivating adjective captivation noun. ORIGIN from Latin captivare take captive …   English terms dictionary

  • captivate — [kap′tə vāt΄] vt. captivated, captivating [< LL(Ec) captivatus, pp. of captivare, to take captive < L captivus: see CAPTIVE] 1. Obs. to take or hold captive 2. to capture the attention or affection of, as by beauty, excellence, etc.;… …   English World dictionary

  • captivate — UK [ˈkæptɪveɪt] / US [ˈkæptɪˌveɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms captivate : present tense I/you/we/they captivate he/she/it captivates present participle captivating past tense captivated past participle captivated to attract or interest someone… …   English dictionary

  • captivate — verb Captivate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑audience, ↑imagination …   Collocations dictionary

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