Definition of captivate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

captivate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈkæptɪveɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæptɪveɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they captivate
BrE BrE//ˈkæptɪveɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæptɪveɪt//
 
he / she / it captivates
BrE BrE//ˈkæptɪveɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæptɪveɪts//
 
past simple captivated
BrE BrE//ˈkæptɪveɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæptɪveɪtɪd//
 
past participle captivated
BrE BrE//ˈkæptɪveɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæptɪveɪtɪd//
 
-ing form captivating
BrE BrE//ˈkæptɪveɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæptɪveɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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[often passive] captivate somebody to keep somebody’s attention by being interesting, attractive, etc. synonym enchant The children were captivated by her stories. Men were captivated by her charm. Word Origin early 16th cent.: from late Latin captivat- ‘taken captive’, from the verb captivare, from captivus, from capere ‘seize, take’.
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