from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To attract and hold the interest of, as by beauty or wit. synonym: charm.
  • transitive verb Archaic To capture.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Taken captive; made prisoner; fascinated; insnared.
  • To seize by force, as an enemy in war, or anything belonging to an enemy; capture; take captive.
  • To bring into bondage; subdue; place in subjection.
  • To overpower and hold by excellence or beauty; charm or lure by any means; engage the regard, esteem, or affections of; fascinate.
  • =Syn 3. To enslave, enchant, lead captive, enamour, bewitch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To take prisoner; to capture; to subdue.
  • transitive verb To acquire ascendancy over by reason of some art or attraction; to fascinate; to charm.
  • adjective Taken prisoner; made captive; insnared; charmed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To attract and hold interest and attention of; charm.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb attract; cause to be enamored


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Late Latin captivāre, captivāt-, to capture, from Latin captīvus, prisoner; see captive.]


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