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captivate

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Definition to attract and hold the interest (of someone)
  • has a captivating voice
  • captivated by her smile
  • Her face was captivating by reason of a certain frankness of expression and a contradictory subtle play of features.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening and Selected Short Stories
  • Of course it is both her intention and resolution to marry when she finds a suitable match, and no one is better aware than herself of the sort of impression she is capable of producing; no one likes better to captivate in a quiet way.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  The Professor
  • But there was a young lad who had been captivated.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • captivated = highly interested
  • Was he an animal if music could captivate him so?
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • captivate = attract and hold the interest
  • It was not the mad logic of the Trinity that captivated him.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • captivated = highly interested
  • Are they dazzled, captivated, taken possession of, by the splendor of the theme, and do they fancy they can write up to it?
    Kate Douglas Wiggin  --  Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm
  • When Alec smiled, his eyes lit like blue lamps, and Clary could see what Magnus had found so captivating about him.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Although Laura resists, she does accept the hat and is later captivated by her own "charming" image in the mirror.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • She would captivate everyone and would always be welcome among the upper class.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • "So the doorkeeper cheated the man," said K. immediately, who had been captivated by the story.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • Never had I been so interested and captivated by a woman.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • I remember a time when a magnificent blue sky, chirping birds, moonlight and budding blossoms wouldn't have captivated me.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • "Everybody will think that I am setting myself to captivate Mr. Boldwood, I suppose," she murmured.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • But I can't imagine what it is that this damsel saw in your worship that could have conquered and captivated her so.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Smiling, blushing, limpid eyed, Anne tripped back and gave a quaint, funny little selection that captivated her audience still further.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • "Villefort," she exclaimed in her softest and most captivating manner.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • She stared at the eyes that had seemed to so captivate her mother.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Nights in Rodanthe
  • —Was it a new circumstance for a man of first-rate abilities to be captivated by very inferior powers?
    Jane Austen  --  Emma

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