captivate

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

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

    Law dictionary

  • 4 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

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

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 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… …

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  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

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

    Collocations dictionary

  • 11 captivate — 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 attract • captivation …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 captivate — captivatingly, adv. captivation, n. captivative, adj. captivator, n. /kap teuh vayt /, v.t., captivated, captivating. 1. to attract and hold the attention or interest of, as by beauty or excellence; enchant: Her blue eyes and red hair captivated… …

    Universalium

  • 13 captivate — verb Attract and hold interest and attention of; charm …

    Wiktionary

  • 14 captivate — Synonyms and related words: allure, argue into, attract, becharm, beguile, bewitch, bring over, bring round, bring to reason, carry away, cast a spell, charm, con, convince, dazzle, delectate, delight, draw, draw on, draw over, enamor, enchant,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15 captivate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. charm, fascinate, enchant, enamor; enthrall; bewitch. See pleasure, attraction.Ant., offend, displease. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. delight, charm, enthrall; see entertain 1 , fascinate . See Synonym… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 captivate — cap|ti|vate [ˈkæptıveıt] v [T] to attract someone very much, and hold their attention be captivated by sb/sth ▪ He was captivated by her beauty …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 captivate — cap|ti|vate [ kæptı,veıt ] verb transitive to attract or interest someone very much: Their romance captivated the whole country …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 captivate — [[t]kæ̱ptɪveɪt[/t]] captivates, captivating, captivated VERB If you are captivated by someone or something, you find them fascinating and attractive. [be V ed] I was captivated by her brilliant mind... [V n] For 40 years she has captivated the… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 captivate — cap·ti·vate || kæptɪveɪt v. enchant, capture someone s interest, charm …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 captivate — verb attract and hold the interest and attention of; charm. Derivatives captivating adjective captivatingly adverb captivation noun Origin C16: from late L. captivat , captivare take captive , from captivus (see captive) …

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