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  • adj. that captivates; fascinating
  • adj. beautiful; showing great beauty
  • v. Present participle of captivate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having power to captivate or charm; fascinating.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having power to engage the regard, esteem, or affections; winning; fascinating; bewitching.

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

  • adj. capturing interest as if by a spell


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  • Snow globes contain captivating miniature worlds, portraying Evergreen trees, snow-capped houses and horse drawn carriages.

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  • Entire lives are laid out with remarkable precision, in captivating prose: a screenwriter carries on a decades-long affair with a beautiful actress, whose descent into addiction he can neither turn from nor share; a bored husband picks up a mysterious woman only to find that his ego has led him woefully astray; a world-beating Silicon Valley executive receives an unwelcome guest at his mansion in the hills; a scuba dive guides uneasy newlyweds to a point of no return.

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  • It’s a testament to Day-Lewis’ ability that he’s able to remain captivating while playing such a listless and static character.

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  • Let’s take a look at the latest in captivating staircases.

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  • It is described as a captivating look at the daily experiences of students receiving special education services, and examines gains made by the Los Angeles Unified School District toward compliance with civil rights laws that guarantee a quality education for all children.

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  • This is fine as long as the passages remain captivating.

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  • Sir Joshua nowhere recommends _careless_ style; on the contrary, he every where urges the student to laborious toil, in order that he may acquire that facility which Sir Joshua so justly calls captivating, and which afterwards

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  • The seemingly fashionable hairstyle was also described as "captivating" in Rodong Sunmun, the North Korean newspaper, which wrote: "A young man with an ambitious high sided haircut looks so sobering and stylish." - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • To set before children, as a pattern, actions that are called noble, magnanimous, meritorious, with the notion of captivating them by infusing enthusiasm for such actions, is to defeat our end.

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