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Definition of "captivate" [cap•ti•vate]

  • To attract and hold by charm, beauty, or excellence. See Synonyms at charm. (verb-transitive)
  • Archaic To capture. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "captivate" in a sentence
  • "We tossed to the fish humbugs of wool, silk, and feathers, gauds such as captivate the greedy or the guileless."
  • "Another apparently had the word "captivate" confused with something else, but darned if I can figure out what: "Furthermore, many families found that having [a popular fictional television family] captivated as a cartoon was inappropriate because it wold target the viewers of children.""
  • "Treasure Hunt: one of several vintage gameshows to captivate the attention of Enter4entertainment staff."