tr.v. cap·ti·vat·ed, cap·ti·vat·ing, cap·ti·vates
1. To attract and hold the interest of, as by beauty or wit. See Synonyms at charm.
2. Archaic To capture.
[Late Latin captivāre, captivāt-, to capture, from Latin captīvus, prisoner; see CAPTIVE.]
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