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
To help him recall images that captivated him, the artist always carried a
  small pocket diary.
Americans have always been captivated by big things.
White seems to have been captivated by less digestible fare.
The pictures of gas and steam erupting out of the surface of the water
  captivated the world.
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