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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkæptɪveɪt/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkæptəˌveɪt/
- Hyphenation: cap‧tiv‧ate
- To attract and hold interest and attention of; charm.
- 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 3, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.” He at once secured attention by his informal method, and when presently the coughing of Jarvis […] interrupted the sermon, he altogether captivated his audience with a remark about cough lozenges being cheap and easily procurable.
- (obsolete) To take prisoner; to capture; to subdue.
- c. 1591–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Third Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene iv]:
- Their woes whom fortune captivates.
- 1665, Joseph Glanvill, Scepsis Scientifica
- 'Tis a greater credit to know the ways of captivating Nature, and making her subserve our purposes, than to have learned all the intrigues of policy.
to attract and hold interest and attention of