Definition of captivate in English:



  • Attract and hold the interest and attention of; charm.

    ‘he was captivated by her beauty’
    • ‘His reconstructed realities captivate participants with a mesmeric hold that lasts far beyond the temporal end of a work.’
    • ‘It's a moment of truth where we enter a dream-like state and the individual we have fallen in love with, captivates our attention completely.’
    • ‘He wooed dozens of heroines on-screen and captivated millions of fans off it with his urbane charm.’
    • ‘Sewn exults confidence and creativity, and proves a totally enchanting and captivating piece of work.’
    • ‘The volume will captivate anyone with an interest in politics, public policy, and the strange ways of the Fourth Estate.’
    • ‘He was possessed of a gentle and attractive personality that captivated children.’
    • ‘Whatever, there is still a person somewhere there to tease, interest and captivate us.’
    • ‘The result is a fascinating display that truly captivates the viewer.’
    • ‘So again what the earth is doing and what captivates human interest are often two very different things.’
    • ‘Her charms would captivate me and make it difficult later to leave her.’
    • ‘This is probably what economically captivates Moscow's attention.’
    • ‘Wise gardeners know how to plant a yard to attract birds, and Polshek has interpreted the new entrance so that it captivates people.’
    • ‘Nor would they captivate my attention so easily for 45 minutes.’
    • ‘Our past is something which intrigues, enthrals and captivates us and if for no other reason, history is important because it is interesting to the vast majority of us.’
    • ‘Crime is law, and what we're trying to do is captivate the public's interest in something that they find interesting.’
    • ‘One day Franz sees Coppelia appear on Coppelius' balcony, and is captivated by her beauty.’
    • ‘It was at that moment that he was captivated by her smile and that was the moment their eyes met.’
    • ‘In any case, we are soon captivated by the beauty of the coastal scenery.’
    • ‘If it is the carvings in their pristine charm that captivates the heart of an art lover, certainly it is the power of the deity that pulls the believer.’
    • ‘This brief and enigmatic story has a remarkable effect on Bandini, hypnotizing and captivating him.’
    charming, enchanting, bewitching, fascinating, beguiling, entrancing, alluring, engaging, interesting, winning, delightful
    attractive, beautiful, charismatic
    dazzling, engrossing, riveting, gripping, enthralling, spellbinding, seductive
    enthral, charm, enchant, bewitch, fascinate, beguile, entrance, enrapture, delight, attract, allure, lure
    win, ensnare, dazzle, absorb, engross, rivet, grip, hypnotize, mesmerize, spellbind
    infatuate, enamour, seduce, woo, ravish
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Early 16th century: from late Latin captivat- taken captive, from the verb captivare, from captivus (see captive).