Definition of captivate in English:

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captivate

Pronunciation: /ˈkaptəˌvāt/

verb

[with object]
Attract and hold the interest and attention of; charm: he was captivated by her beauty
More example sentences
  • It's a moment of truth where we enter a dream-like state and the individual we have fallen in love with, captivates our attention completely.
  • This is probably what economically captivates Moscow's attention.
  • If it is the carvings in their pristine charm that captivates the heart of an art lover, certainly it is the power of the deity that pulls the believer.
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captivation

Pronunciation: /ˌkaptəˈvāSH(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • Indeed, all of Graham's proud, flawed characters are stunningly and utterly flawed, and they steal the reader's captivation.
  • While the plot is said to be more complicated than before, the enhanced special effects are expected to maintain the captivation of children and adults alike.
  • Hewitt's captivation with nature and with the landscape is aptly supported in the following poem privately published in 1956.

Origin

Early 16th century: from late Latin captivat- 'taken captive', from the verb captivare, from captivus (see captive).

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: cap·ti·vate

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