captivate Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb attract; cause to be enamored
    capture; entrance; bewitch; fascinate; enamour; trance; beguile; charm; catch; becharm; enchant; enamor.
    • She captured all the men's hearts


Cap"ti*vate transitive verb
L. captivatus, p. p. of captivare to capture, fr. captivus captive. See Captive.
imperfect & past participle Captivated; present participle & verbal noun Captivating
  1. To take prisoner; to capture; to subdue. Obs.
    Their woes whom fortune captivates. Shak.
  2. To acquire ascendancy over by reason of some art or attraction; to fascinate; to charm; as, Cleopatra captivated Antony; the orator captivated all hearts.
    Small landscapes of captivating loveliness. W. Irving.
    Syn. -- To enslave; subdue; overpower; charm; enchant; bewitch; facinate; capture; lead captive.
Cap"ti*vate participial adjective
L. captivatus.
  1. Taken prisoner; made captive; insnared; charmed.
    Women have been captivate ere now. Shak.

Webster 1913