• WordNet 3.6
    • v captivate attract; cause to be enamored "She captured all the men's hearts"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Donkeys can live between 30 to 50 years in captivity
    • p. a Captivate Taken prisoner; made captive; insnared; charmed. "Women have been captivate ere now."
    • Captivate 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."
    • Captivate To take prisoner; to capture; to subdue. "Their woes whom fortune captivates ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cojo, the 1st gorilla born in captivity, was born at the Columbus Zoo, in Ohio, in 1956 and weighed 3 1/4 pounds.
    • captivate To seize by force, as an enemy in war, or anything belonging to an enemy; capture; take captive.
    • captivate To bring into bondage; subdue; place in subjection.
    • captivate To overpower and hold by excellence or beauty; charm or lure by any means; engage the regard, esteem, or affections of; fascinate.
    • captivate =Syn 3. To enslave, enchant, lead captive, enamour, bewitch.
    • captivate Taken captive; made prisoner; fascinated; insnared.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1st buffalo ever born in captivity was born at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo in 1884.
    • v.t Captivate kap′tiv-āt to charm: to engage the affections
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  • Walter Lippmann
    “We are all captives of the picture in our head -- our belief that the world we have experienced is the world that really exists.”
  • Rudyard Kipling
    “Take up the White Man's burden -- send forth the best ye breed -- go, bind your sons to exile to serve your captives need.”
  • Mark Caine
    Mark Caine
    “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”
  • Frank Herbert
    Frank Herbert
    “Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.”
  • Angelus Silesius
    Angelus Silesius
    “By the will art thou lost, by the will art thou found, by the will art thou free, captive, and bound.”
  • Ovid
    “Gifts, believe me, captivate both men and Gods, Jupiter himself was won over and appeased by gifts.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. captivatus, p. p. of captivare, to capture, fr. captivus, captive. See Captive
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Captive.


In literature:

In the course of the war, Psammenitus and all his family fell into Cambyses's hands as captives.
"Darius the Great" by Jacob Abbott
I never see a trace of solid nourishment on my captives' mouths.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
The successor of St. Peter was carried away captive by the unbelievers.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
A life of captivity was indescribably wearisome to him.
"Sword and Pen" by John Algernon Owens
Jane had just the spirit to be most deeply captivated by such enchantments.
"Madame Roland, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
In consequence, the policeman grew friendly, and promised intercession in his captive's behalf.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
The captivity of Zenobia took place in the year 273, and in the fifth year of her reign.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8" by Various
He is wholly entangled in temporal glory and gain; bound hand and foot, a complete captive.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
The bear was one which had been long in captivity and well trained.
"Kings in Exile" by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
Could it be this grotesque horde of human-like rodents that was holding Joan captive in the Cave of Blue Flames?
"Devil Crystals of Arret" by Hal K. Wells
Yet he thought more of the captives which were in the hands of their merciless enemies.
"The Ranger" by Edward S. Ellis
Even if Wolf Paw had brought back a captive woman who was a stranger to him, he would have tried to save her.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
He therefore very ungraciously consented to surrender his captives.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
Upon the return of the party by whom Salling had been captivated, he was taken to Tennessee where he remained for some years.
"Chronicles of Border Warfare" by Alexander Scott Withers
Then the captive resumed his story.
"The Story of Don Quixote" by Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Two were taken captive and bound.
"King Philip" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Louis brought a mat and there the weary captive lay down for the night, hungry and sore.
"Rodney, the Ranger" by John V. Lane
On its threshold he paused and scrutinized the captive with triumphant admiration.
"The Haunters of the Silences" by Charles G. D. Roberts
He beat them in a bloody battle, slew their chief, and liberated ten thousand captives from their dungeons.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott

In poetry:

Onward! thy watchword was,
To set the captive free,
Until, throughout the earth,
All men shall brothers be.
"Lines Inscribed To Benjamin Lundy, Esq." by Benjamin Cutler Clark
The lion remembers the forest,
The lion in chains;
To the bird that is captive a vision
Of woodland remains.
"Captivity" by Amy Levy
But, since my folly gross
My joyful cup did spill,
Make me, the captive of thy cross,
Submissive to thy will.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine
And I, still feebler it not free,
Do hourly more and more
Grow silent in captivity,
And, if I sing, must soar.
""The lark confinèd in his cage"" by Alfred Austin
To-day unbind the captive,
So only are ye unbound;
Lift up a people from the dust,
Trump of their rescue, sound!
"Boston Hymn" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
On from room to room I stray,
Yet my Host can ne'er espy,
And I know not to this day
Whether guest or captive I.
"World Strangeness" by William Watson

In news:

On Sept 19, a federal hearings began on the safety of keeping killer whale s in captivity.
On June 30, 26-year-old Idahoan Army Sgt Bowe Bergdahl will celebrate an important anniversary: his third year in captivity as an American prisoner of war.
After a hard-fought battle of talent, EW is proud to announce that the judges simply couldn't make a decision between the charismatic and explosive Tyler Fortier, and the captivating entrancement of Betty and the Boy.
Bill Stoehr is more interested in what's captivating.
Sign ALDF's petition to the National Marine Fisheries Service, urging them to include captive members of Lolita 's Southern Resident pod in ESA protections.
Urge the NMFS to include captive members of Lolita 's Southern Resident pod in ESA protections provided to pod members living in the wild.
The Orca Project Is Increasing Pressure to Free the Captive Orca " Lolita ".
In this season of tropical discontent, hurricanes captivate Brendan Loy .
And for captive machining operations, there are capital costs and machine hour rates to consider.
Expansion to make war museum even more captivating tribute to sacrifice, service.
Orissa state assembly lawmaker Jhina Hikaka remains in captivity with another group of Maoists after being taken hostage on March 24.
An unidentified person opens the door on a trailer containing one of the first captive-bred deer to be released this week in Alabama's Marengo County as part of the Big Buck Project.
This British folk chanteuse crafts delicate captivating ballads that drift out on her ethereal vocals.
Olsen Twins Captivate and Confuse the Crowd at J. Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen attend the J.
Toni Harding created meticulous , captivating garden.

In science:

So, this proposal is addressed to those who are open to inspect a different look at the structure of elementary particles and disposed to compare the two approaches, standing out of doctrinal captivity.
Nature and Quantization of the Proton Mass: An Electromagnetic Model
The geometry of curves has long captivated the interests of mathematicians, from the ancient Greeks through to the era of Isaac Newton (1647-1727) and the invention of the calculus.
Generalized Timelike Mannheim Curves in Minkowski space-time $E_1^4$
Finally as the issue involves lots of sensitive problems only fuzzy cognitive model alone can captivate the feelings and the inter relation between the attributes / problems.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
Some of the greatest performances can hold the listener’s ear captive, having the listener emotionally touched and intellectually stimulated.
Music in Terms of Science
Wilson, he tells us how George Pol´ya was captivated by Ramanujan’s formulas.
And free lunch for all...
The formation and evolution of galaxies is one of the most captivating problems of modern astrophysics.
Evolution of the X-ray luminosity and metallicity of starburst blown superbubbles
The possibility that our world may contain more then the usual four space-time dimensions is an idea that has captivated physicists for almost a century now.
A Kaluza-Klein Model with Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking: Light-Particle Effective Action and its Compactification Scale Dependence
Networks with power law node degree distribution have been extensively studied: Barab´asi (2003) provides a captivating and elegantly written introduction to the field.
The skewness of computer science
Furthermore, these works have shown that such BICs appear mainly in certain oscillatory potentials whose envelopes fall off fast enough to lead to normalizable wave functions but sufficiently slowly, such that the different maxima are able to conspire to create a captive state.
Bound States in the Continuum from Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics