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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 ?
Nevertheless the simplicity of the view that each species was first produced within a single region captivates the mind.
We too are inspired by that love of poetry which the education of noble States has implanted in us, and therefore we would have her appear at her best and truest; but so long as she is unable to make good her defence, this argument of ours shall be a charm to us, which we will repeat to ourselves while we listen to her strains; that we may not fall away into the childish love of her which captivates the many.
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.
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.