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
Second, recrimination is more captivating than mere advocacy.
Join us in a captivating discussion that will demystify the chancy side of life.
If so the photo may be more than visually captivating.
It doesn't really matter who else is around us, the show is so captivating.
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