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." Related: Captivated; captivating.

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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 — 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

  • 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

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