A person who's captivated is entranced or absorbed by something. A captivated child might stare with wonder at a tiny ladybug for many long minutes.

Use the adjective captivated to describe someone who is utterly charmed by something. A captivated student is enthralled by her teacher's history lesson, and a captivated audience is involved in every word spoken on stage during a play. The word is rooted in the Late Latin captivare, "to take or capture," which in turn comes from capere, "to seize." When something seizes your attention, you are captivated.

Definitions of captivated
  1. adjective
    filled with wonder and delight
    synonyms: beguiled, charmed, delighted, enthralled, entranced
    influenced as by charms or incantations
  2. adjective
    strongly attracted
    synonyms: charmed
    feeling or showing love and affection
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