Cap·ti·vate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Captivated; p. pr. & vb. n. Captivating.]
1. To take prisoner; to capture; to subdue. [Obs.]
Their woes whom fortune captivates. --Shak.
2. To acquire ascendancy over by reason of some art or attraction; to fascinate; to charm; as, Cleopatra captivated Antony; the orator captivated all hearts.
Small landscapes of captivating loveliness. --W. Irving.
Syn: -- To enslave; subdue; overpower; charm; enchant; bewitch; facinate; capture; lead captive.
Cap·ti·va·ting a. Having power to captivate or charm; fascinating; as, captivating smiles. -- Cap*ti*va*ting*ly, adv.
adj : capturing interest as if by a spell; "bewitching smile";
"Roosevelt was a captivating speaker"; "enchanting
music"; "an enthralling book"; "antique papers of
entrancing design"; "a fascinating woman" [syn: bewitching,
enchanting, enthralling, entrancing, fascinating]