• IPA: /ˈkæptɪveɪt/

captivate (captivates, present participle captivating; past and past participle captivated)

  1. To attract and hold interest and attention of; charm.
    • small landscapes of captivating loveliness
  2. (obsolete) To take prisoner; to capture; to subdue.
    • c. 1591–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Third Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iv]:
      Their woes whom fortune captivates.
    • 'Tis a greater credit to know the ways of captivating Nature, and making her subserve our purposes, than to have learned all the intrigues of policy.
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