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captivate

[kap-tuh-veyt] /ˈkæp təˌveɪt/
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
1520-1530
1520-30; < Late Latin captīvātus (past participle of captīvāre to take captive), equivalent to Latin captīv(us) captive + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
captivatingly, adverb
captivation, noun
captivative, adjective
captivator, noun
uncaptivated, adjective
uncaptivating, adjective
uncaptivative, adjective
Synonyms
1. fascinate, bewitch, charm. 2. subdue.
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British Dictionary definitions for captivative

captivate

/ˈkæptɪˌveɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to hold the attention of by fascinating; enchant
2.
an obsolete word for capture
Derived Forms
captivatingly, adverb
captivation, noun
captivator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin captivāre, from captīvuscaptive
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Word Origin and History for captivative

captivate

v.

1520s, "to enthrall with charm," from Late Latin captivatus, past participle of captivare "to take, capture," from captivus (see captive). Literal sense (1550s) is rare or obsolete in English, which uses capture (q.v.). Latin captare "to take, hold" also had a transferred sense of "to entice, entrap, allure." Related: Captivated; captivating; captivatingly.

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