captivate

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Borrowed from Latin captīvō; synchronically analyzable as captive +‎ -ate.

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captivate (third-person singular simple present captivates, present participle captivating, simple past and past participle captivated)

  1. To attract and hold (someone's) interest and attention; to charm.
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter III, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 4293071:
      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.
  2. (obsolete) To take prisoner; to capture; to subdue.

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captīvāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of captīvō