cap·​ti·​vat·​ed ˈkap-tə-ˌvā-təd How to pronounce captivated (audio)
: having one's interest or attention held or captured by something or someone charming, beautiful, entertaining, etc.
The captivated audience oohed and aahed as colorful patterns emerged on an overhead screen …Jean Hennelly Keith
At dinner, Wayne keeps the conversation smooth, like a captivated courtier seeking Neil's mother's hand.David Leavitt

Examples of captivated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ultimately, top management is most captivated by the outcomes and benefits of a solution, not a product. Andrew Kahl, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 More than a century after the Titanic went down, researchers and historians remain captivated by its story. Hilary Whiteman, CNN, 13 Mar. 2024 The little prince adorably wore a sport coat and seemed captivated by the action — just like his mom and dad. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 11 July 2023 Vietnam, securing the second spot, captivated travelers with its blend of modernity and tradition. Brianna Kamienski, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 Cheryl Dunye’s wry classic rom-com follows a version of herself—a lesbian filmmaker living in Philadelphia—who becomes captivated by the Watermelon Woman, an obscure (and fictional) actor whose life story reveals the hidden challenges of race and sexuality in early Hollywood. Lisa Wong MacAbasco, Vogue, 10 Feb. 2024 But what captivated director Ava DuVernay in the pages was the abundance of intimate human relationships woven throughout. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Jan. 2024 However, what captivated fans most was the claim that it was inspired by actual events. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 30 Nov. 2023 Hadid’s chameleon-like quality is one of many reasons why fans remain captivated by her wardrobe, and her latest ensemble does not disappoint. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 18 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of captivated was in the 14th century

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“Captivated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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