captivate


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cap·ti·vate

 (kăp′tə-vāt′)
tr.v. cap·ti·vat·ed, cap·ti·vat·ing, cap·ti·vates
1. To attract and hold the interest of, as by beauty or wit. See Synonyms at charm.
2. Archaic To capture.

[Late Latin captivāre, captivāt-, to capture, from Latin captīvus, prisoner; see captive.]

cap′ti·va′tion n.
cap′ti·va′tor n.

captivate

(ˈkæptɪˌveɪt)
vb (tr)
1. to hold the attention of by fascinating; enchant
2. an obsolete word for capture
[C16: from Late Latin captivāre, from captīvus captive]
ˈcaptiˌvatingly adv
ˌcaptiˈvation n
ˈcaptiˌvator n

cap•ti•vate

(ˈkæp təˌveɪt)

v.t. -vat•ed, -vat•ing.
1. to attract intensely and fixedly; fascinate.
2. Obs. to capture.
[1520–30; < Late Latin captīvātus, past participle of captīvāre]
cap`ti•va′tion, n.
cap′ti•va`tor, n.

captivate


Past participle: captivated
Gerund: captivating

Imperative
captivate
captivate
Present
I captivate
you captivate
he/she/it captivates
we captivate
you captivate
they captivate
Preterite
I captivated
you captivated
he/she/it captivated
we captivated
you captivated
they captivated
Present Continuous
I am captivating
you are captivating
he/she/it is captivating
we are captivating
you are captivating
they are captivating
Present Perfect
I have captivated
you have captivated
he/she/it has captivated
we have captivated
you have captivated
they have captivated
Past Continuous
I was captivating
you were captivating
he/she/it was captivating
we were captivating
you were captivating
they were captivating
Past Perfect
I had captivated
you had captivated
he/she/it had captivated
we had captivated
you had captivated
they had captivated
Future
I will captivate
you will captivate
he/she/it will captivate
we will captivate
you will captivate
they will captivate
Future Perfect
I will have captivated
you will have captivated
he/she/it will have captivated
we will have captivated
you will have captivated
they will have captivated
Future Continuous
I will be captivating
you will be captivating
he/she/it will be captivating
we will be captivating
you will be captivating
they will be captivating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been captivating
you have been captivating
he/she/it has been captivating
we have been captivating
you have been captivating
they have been captivating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been captivating
you will have been captivating
he/she/it will have been captivating
we will have been captivating
you will have been captivating
they will have been captivating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been captivating
you had been captivating
he/she/it had been captivating
we had been captivating
you had been captivating
they had been captivating
Conditional
I would captivate
you would captivate
he/she/it would captivate
we would captivate
you would captivate
they would captivate
Past Conditional
I would have captivated
you would have captivated
he/she/it would have captivated
we would have captivated
you would have captivated
they would have captivated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.captivate - attractcaptivate - attract; cause to be enamored; "She captured all the men's hearts"
hold - hold the attention of; "The soprano held the audience"; "This story held our interest"; "She can hold an audience spellbound"
attract, appeal - be attractive to; "The idea of a vacation appeals to me"; "The beautiful garden attracted many people"
work - gratify and charm, usually in order to influence; "the political candidate worked the crowds"

captivate

captivate

verb
To please greatly or irresistibly:
Translations
يَسْحَرُ، يَخْلِبُ، يَسْبي الألْباب
uchvátit
betagefascinere
očarati
elragad
heilla, hrífa
valdzināt
büyülemeketkilemek

captivate

[ˈkæptɪveɪt] VTencantar, cautivar

captivate

[ˈkæptɪveɪt] vtcaptiver, fasciner

captivate

captivate

[ˈkæptɪˌveɪt] vtaffascinare, incantare, avvincere

captivate

(ˈkӕptiveit) verb
to charm, fascinate, or hold the attention of. He was captivated by her beauty.
References in classic literature ?
The children went to him like bees to a honeypot, and establishing themselves on each knee, proceeded to captivate him by rifling his pockets, pulling his beard, and investigating his watch, with juvenile audacity.
The savage, perceiving their defenceless situation, without offering violence to the family attempted to captivate the Negro, who, happily proved an over-match for him, threw him on the ground, and, in the struggle, the mother of the children drew an ax from a corner of the cottage, and cut his head off, while her little daughter shut the door.
The first to captivate and take his fancy were the pots, out of which he would have very gladly helped himself to a moderate pipkinful; then the wine skins secured his affections; and lastly, the produce of the frying-pans, if, indeed, such imposing cauldrons may be called frying-pans; and unable to control himself or bear it any longer, he approached one of the busy cooks and civilly but hungrily begged permission to soak a scrap of bread in one of the pots; to which the cook made answer, "Brother, this is not a day on which hunger is to have any sway, thanks to the rich Camacho; get down and look about for a ladle and skim off a hen or two, and much good may they do you.
I will shout to the assembled multitude: "Look at this young puppy who is driving off to captivate the Circassian girls after letting me spit in his face
On laying down the instrument, he approached the place where the friends were sitting, with an exultation in his eyes that was inferior only to modesty in the power to captivate.
Of course it is both her intention and resolution to marry when she finds a suitable match, and no one is better aware than herself of the sort of impression she is capable of producing; no one likes better to captivate in a quiet way.
why, a corporal’s guard of the Boadishey's marines would back and fill on their quarters in such a manner as to surround and captivate them all in half a glass.
About thirty years ago Miss Maria Ward, of Huntingdon, with only seven thousand pounds, had the good luck to captivate Sir Thomas Bertram, of Mansfield Park, in the county of Northampton, and to be thereby raised to the rank of a baronet's lady, with all the comforts and consequences of an handsome house and large income.
Their lodgings were in a cottage a little further along the lane, but they came and assisted Tess in her departure, and argued that she should dress up in her very prettiest guise to captivate the hearts of her parents-in-law; though she, knowing of the austere and Calvinistic tenets of old Mr Clare, was indifferent, and even doubtful.
Then, indeed, does she captivate all hearts by her condescension, by her girlish vivacity, and by her skipping about as in the days when the hideous old general with the mouth too full of teeth had not cut one of them at two guineas each.
Well, you MAY captivate old men, and younger sons; but nobody else, I am sure, will ever take a fancy to you.
But the sight of this desolate world did not fail to captivate them by its very strangeness.