to attract and hold the attention or interest of, as by beauty or excellence; enchant:
Her blue eyes and red hair captivated him.
Obsolete. to capture; subjugate.
Historical Examples

She’s a dressmaker by trade, she says; and a captivator of foolish young men by nature—don’t go anigh her.
All Sorts and Conditions of Men Walter Besant

His errand was to produce a deadly quarrel between the captive soul and the wicked one, its captivator.
The Parables of Our Lord William Arnot

verb (transitive)
to hold the attention of by fascinating; enchant
an obsolete word for capture

1520s, “to enthrall with charm,” from Late Latin captivatus, past participle of captivare “to take, capture,” from captivus (see captive). Literal sense (1550s) is rare or obsolete in English, which uses capture (q.v.). Latin captare “to take, hold” also had a transferred sense of “to entice, entrap, allure.” Related: Captivated; captivating; captivatingly.


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