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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"
References in classic literature ?
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.
Maybe this captivation goes back to childhood when my sister and I had a doll's house apiece: One house was blue, the other pink and naturally, both of us demanded the pink one.
Experts judged entries on overall effectiveness, creativity, visual captivation and more.
For throughout his oeuvre Waugh presents us, usually to great comic effect, images that expose the modern world's unwitting captivation by sloth-engendering practices.
The combination of computer animation (especially in video games) and 3-D displays will create a new entertainment approaching total sensory captivation.
This display, which includes loans from private collections and museums, explores Sisley's captivation with the landscape of the Parisian suburb of Port-Marly and the towns along the River Loing.
They have plagued and fascinated societies long before the rise of the electronic mass media, but until fairly recently our captivation with violent and serial crimes was not matched to any extent by our understanding.
Chartier focuses on two aspects of the reading revolution: 1) "the morally beneficial or physically disastrous effects of the captivation of readers by fiction" (112); 2) "a hypothetical opposition between a traditional form of reading dubbed 'intensive,' and a modern form termed 'extensive'" (113).
The sensations of that universe, the electricity of the energy created by a body or a group of bodies moving in space together, these elements transcend the realm of physical activity and move dance into an experience where I feel mystery, magic, and captivation.
Campanella traces America's captivation with elms back to New England's Village Improvement Societies, which in the mid-1800s transplanted elms by the thousands from the woods to the towns in what he calls the first environmental movement in this country.
15) Compare the captivation by the past in Vernon Lee, another late Victorian pseudonymous woman writer who frequently turns to history as a ghostly enchantment; see, for example, Catherine Maxwell, 'Vernon Lee and the Ghosts of Italy', in Unfolding the South: Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers and Artists in Italy, ed.