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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.
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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. Whatever bears affinity to cunning is despicable."
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.
"Excellent teaching allows children's captivation and curiosity to continue inside as they excitedly investigate their findings.
The prime advantages associated with polyurethane is high tensile strength, superior abrasion and bearing resistance, water and oil resistance, short production lead time, and noise captivation, making polyurethane an ideal choice for manufacturing automotive cabin insulation.
"Raising her already tall ambitions for her future, her captivation for the Channel 4 show '999: What's Your Emergency' made her aspire to be a call handler for the ambulance service.
For almost half an hour, the duo completed each other through their performance and the wheelchair did not take away any part of its captivation, but only added to its charm, authenticity, and enchantment.
ISLAMABAD -- Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) Monday recovered endangered species of black bear from a private captivation in Sector E-11.
ISLAMABAD -- A black bear of an endangered species has been recovered from private captivation in E-11.
The captivation is achieved principally by conferring importance on the other person.
Like John the Baptist, she and Joseph had to accept that their roles would decrease as Jesus' captivation by the things of God increased.
At this point, now let's return to the passages in the 1929 seminar where we find the infamous statement that the animal is "poor in world." Of course, following Von Uexkuell, it is true that Heidegger restricts the openness of the animal life by the captivation of its own organs, which immediately absorbs the animal into the circle of its surrounding environment (Umwelt, meaning "around world"), thus denying the animal any access to the "manifestness of beings as such" (Heidegger, Fundamental Concepts 236).
The look of captivation on her face told its own non-verbal story of how successful this memorable theatrical experience had been.