captivate

verb
cap·​ti·​vate | \ˈkap-tə-ˌvāt \
captivated; captivating

Definition of captivate 

transitive verb

1 archaic : seize, capture

2 : to influence and dominate by some special charm, art, or trait and with an irresistible appeal We were captivated by her beauty. The scenery captivated our attention.

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Other Words from captivate

captivation \ˌkap-​tə-​ˈvā-​shən \ noun
captivator \ˈkap-​tə-​ˌvā-​tər \ noun

Synonyms for captivate

Synonyms

allure, beguile, bewitch, charm, enchant, fascinate, kill, magnetize, wile, witch [archaic]

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attract, allure, charm, captivate, fascinate, enchant mean to draw another by exerting a powerful influence. attract applies to any degree or kind of ability to exert influence over another. students attracted by the school's locale allure implies an enticing by what is fair, pleasing, or seductive. an alluring smile charm implies the power of casting a spell over the person or thing affected and so compelling a response charmed by their hospitality , but it may, like captivate, suggest no more than evoking delight or admiration. her performances captivated audiences fascinate suggests a magical influence and tends to stress the ineffectiveness of attempts to resist. a story that continues to fascinate children enchant is perhaps the strongest of these terms in stressing the appeal of the agent and the degree of delight evoked in the subject. hopelessly enchanted by her beauty

Examples of captivate in a Sentence

The play has been captivating audiences for years. the clown captivated the toddlers with his balloon tricks

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Making a Murderer’s first season captivated audiences The initial 10-episode run focused largely on Avery. German Lopez, Vox, "The first season was a huge hit, and quite a bit has happened since it premiered.," 18 Oct. 2018 And then there’s Rose, who took her London Fashion Week show this season to a cul-de-sac in St Leonard Square, where street-cast models captivated homeowners who watched from their windows. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "A Runway That Reflects Our World: How 4 Brands Are Bringing Fashion to Life," 11 Oct. 2018 Blue Bloods has kept audiences captivated year after year since the CBS drama's premiere in 2010. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Star Will Estes Opens Up About Amy Carlson's 'Shocking' Exit," 6 Oct. 2018 Month Thanks in large part to Australia’s captivating native botanicals, the local gin scene is stealthily becoming one of the world’s most exciting drinks movements, and Brogan’s Way, in semi-industrial Richmond, is the ideal place to find out why. Dan F. Stapleton, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Melbourne in October 2018," 26 Sep. 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's love story was especially rom-com-y and captivated the hearts and imaginations of hopeless romantics all over the world. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Harry and Meghan's Love Story Has Something Very Sweet in Common With Will and Kate's," 19 Aug. 2018 Beyond captivating a crowd with her musical talents, Rina also knows how to turn a look like no other. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Rina Sawayama Is the One to Watch," 14 Aug. 2018 Or what was the last work of art that captivated you? Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Jill Soloway on the Emotional Labor of the Female Showrunner," 5 Oct. 2018 Cooper and Gaga give powerful, skilled performances; the music is thrilling; and there's a central narrative that captivates you from beginning to end. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "A Star Is Born," 5 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of captivate

circa 1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for captivate

see captive entry 1

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The first known use of captivate was circa 1555

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captivate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of captivate

: to attract and hold the attention of (someone) by being interesting, pretty, etc.

captivate

verb
cap·​ti·​vate | \ˈkap-tə-ˌvāt \
captivated; captivating

Kids Definition of captivate

: to fascinate by some special charm The play is captivating audiences.

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