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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.captivation - the state of being intensely interested (as by awe or terror)
spell, trance, enchantment - a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation
2.captivation - a feeling of great liking for something wonderful and unusual
liking - a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment; "I've always had a liking for reading"; "she developed a liking for gin"
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Undoubtedly," replied Darcy, to whom this remark was chiefly addressed, "there is a meanness in ALL the arts which ladies sometimes condescend to employ for captivation.
Reflects mature young lady; raven locks, and complexion that lights up well when well powdered--as it is--carrying on considerably in the captivation of mature young gentleman; with too much nose in his face, too much ginger in his whiskers, too much torso in his waistcoat, too much sparkle in his studs, his eyes, his buttons, his talk, and his teeth.
The basic aim behind this evil propaganda is to reduce the captivation and attractiveness of CPEC to international world.
When asked about the reasons behind captivation, he said: "Their [LEAs] only demand is that we [civil society] stay silent.
As the video of the big cat attacking people at the circus was circulated on internet, several have expressed their objection to keep a tiger in captivation and urged that such act of animal cruelty be banned.
Rejecting technological determinism, Kang determines that the rise of youth activism has much more to do with a politics of captivation than any inherent rebellion within Internet communication.
She has taken femininity and womanhood as her subjects, composing songs based on the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop and Rumi; she has written works with historical themes, including the operas The Captivation of Eunice Williams and The Bridge of San Luis Rey, based on the novel by Thornton Wilder.
This is to say that in captivation, the animal drives are compelled to leave their state of potentiality and to become actual, and that this happens automatically, after the manner of a machine.
Roberto Benigni's La Vita e Bella struck me in it's protection of a young boy's innocence over war, the captivation of a Lady's heart, and the melting of boundaries through gentlemanship.
Most headsets currently provide a 110 degree field of view which is nearly enough for the total captivation of the user into the simulated world.
Jess Volpe After studying a Masters degree at Northumbria University , Jess Volpe went on to set Captivation Media, which builds marketing strategies across multiple social media channels, as well as providing training and consultancy services.
Genuine service, innovation, captivation of the senses and design are the four pillars of your business.