captivate

[kap-tuh-veyt]
verb (used with object), 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 him.
2.
Obsolete. to capture; subjugate.

Origin:
1520–30; < Late Latin captīvātus (past participle of captīvāre to take captive), equivalent to Latin captīv(us) captive + -ātus -ate1

captivatingly, adverb
captivation, noun
captivative, adjective
captivator, noun
uncaptivated, adjective
uncaptivating, adjective
uncaptivative, adjective


1. fascinate, bewitch, charm. 2. subdue.
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captivate (ˈkæptɪˌveɪt)
 
vb
1.  to hold the attention of by fascinating; enchant
2.  an obsolete word for capture
 
[C16: from Late Latin captivāre, from captīvuscaptive]
 
'captivatingly
 
adv
 
capti'vation
 
n
 
'captivator
 
n

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captivate
c.1526, "to enthrall with charm," from L.L. captivat-, pp. stem of captivare "to take," from captivus (see captive). Lit. sense (c.1555) is rare or obs. Captivated is attested from 1621; captivating from 1675.
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Example sentences
Captivate is great for building interactive self-guided simulations and
  branching scenarios.
No play, however political and worthy, can captivate an audience unless it is
  actually good.
It is the curse of paleontologists that they can never attain a definitive
  understanding of the creatures that so captivate them.
But tinkering with technology would continue to captivate him.
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