captivate

play
verb cap·ti·vate \ˈkap-tə-ˌvāt\

Definition of captivate

captivated

;

captivating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  seize, capture

  3. 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.

captivation

play \ˌkap-tə-ˈvā-shən\ noun

captivator

play \ˈkap-tə-ˌvā-tər\ noun

Examples of captivate in a Sentence

  1. The play has been captivating audiences for years.

  2. the clown captivated the toddlers with his balloon tricks

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Origin and Etymology of captivate

see captive

Synonym Discussion of captivate

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

CAPTIVATE Defined for English Language Learners

captivate

play
verb

Definition of captivate for English Language Learners

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


CAPTIVATE Defined for Kids

captivate

play
verb cap·ti·vate \ˈkap-tə-ˌvāt\

Definition of captivate for Students

captivated

;

captivating

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



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