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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 Originearly 16th cent.: from late Latin captivat- ‘taken captive’, from the verb captivare, from captivus, from capere ‘seize, take’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: captivate