- IPA: /ˈkæptɪveɪt/
captivate (captivates, present participle captivating; past and past participle captivated)
- To attract and hold interest and attention of; charm.
- small landscapes of captivating loveliness
- (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.
- French: captiver
- German: bestechen, bezaubern, entzücken, faszinieren, fesseln
- Italian: catturare, attirare l'attenzione, attrarre, accattivare
- Portuguese: cativar
- Russian: зачаро́вывать
- Spanish: cautivar