verb (used with object), captivated, captivating.
to attract and hold the attention or interest of, as by beauty or excellence; enchant: Her blue eyes and red hair captivated him.
Obsolete. to capture; subjugate.

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. Unabridged
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captivate (ˈkæptɪˌveɪt)
1.  to hold the attention of by fascinating; enchant
2.  an obsolete word for capture
[C16: from Late Latin captivāre, from captīvuscaptive]

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Word Origin & History

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
But what really captivates is that bag darting up and down and back and forth.
The heroine's charm captivates for a while, but one false step and she will be
  cruelly cast aside.
The big question that captivates me concerns our ability to generate
  self-destructive perturbations.
It is sheer sound, not style, that captivates us here.
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