Captive vs Captivated - What's the difference?

captive | captivated |

As a noun captive

is one who has been captured or is otherwise confined.

As an adjective captive

is held prisoner; not free; confined.

As a verb captivated is





(en noun)
  • One who has been captured or is otherwise confined.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=19 citation , passage=When Timothy and Julia hurried up the staircase to the bedroom floor, where a considerable commotion was taking place, Tim took Barry Leach with him. He had him gripped firmly by the arm, since he felt it was not safe to let him loose, and he had no immediate idea what to do with him. The captive made no resistance […].}}
  • One held prisoner.
  • (figurative) One charmed or subdued by beauty, excellence, or affection; one who is captivated.
  • Adjective

  • Held prisoner; not free; confined.
  • * Milton
  • A poor, miserable, captive thrall.
  • Subdued by love; charmed; captivated.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Even in so short a space, my wonan's heart / Grossly grew captive to his honey words.
  • Of or relating to bondage or confinement; serving to confine.
  • captive''' chains; '''captive hours




  • (captivate)

  • captivate



  • To attract and hold interest and attention of; charm.
  • * Washington Irving
  • small landscapes of captivating loveliness
  • *, chapter=3
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.”  He at once secured attention by his informal method, and when presently the coughing of Jarvis […] interrupted the sermon, he altogether captivated his audience with a remark about cough lozenges being cheap and easily procurable.}}
  • (obsolete) To take prisoner; to capture; to subdue.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Their woes whom fortune captivates .
  • * Glanvill
  • 'Tis a greater credit to know the ways of captivating Nature, and making her subserve our purposes, than to have learned all the intrigues of policy.


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