V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to gain and hold attention by being extremely interesting, exciting, charming, or attractive

Synonyms: enamor, attract, charm, dazzle, enthrall, mesmerize, fascinate

Antonyms: offend, repulse

Tips: When learning the word captivate, think of the related word capture. To captivate is to capture someone's attention by being irresistible. The related adjective captivating describes things that are appealing, irresistible, and intriguing. Captivate is synonymous with enamor. If you are captivated by something, it captures your attention because it is intriguing and of great interest to you. If you are enamored by something, it captures your attention because of it's beauty, or you are attracted to it or charmed by it. A woman can captivate a man with an interesting story and enamor him with her beauty or warm personality.

Usage Examples:

He was sure his great manners and winning smile would captivate his girlfriend's parents. (enamor, charm)

The magician captivated the audience with his amazing tricks. (mesmerized, dazzled)

I couldn't put the book down; it was absolutely captivating. (enthralling, riveting)

We need to come up with product packaging that will really captivate consumer attention when they see it on store shelves. (attract, dazzle)

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