captivate Meaning, Definition & Usage
verb attract; cause to be enamored
capture; entrance; bewitch; fascinate; enamour; trance; beguile; charm; catch; becharm; enchant; enamor.
- She captured all the men's hearts
Cap"ti*vate transitive verb
To take prisoner; to capture; to subdue.Obs.
Their woes whom fortune captivates. Shak.
To acquire ascendancy over by reason of some art or attraction; to fascinate; to charm; as, Cleopatra captivatedAntony; the orator captivatedall hearts.
Small landscapes of captivating loveliness. W. Irving.
Syn. -- To enslave; subdue; overpower; charm; enchant; bewitch; facinate; capture; lead captive.
Cap"ti*vate participial adjective
Taken prisoner; made captive; insnared; charmed.
Women have been captivate ere now. Shak.
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