captivated

adjective
cap·​ti·​vat·​ed | \ ˈkap-tə-ˌvā-təd How to pronounce captivated (audio) \

Definition of captivated

: 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

First Known Use of captivated

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Captivated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/captivated. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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