June 8, 2014 =========
☆ captivate 魅了する
My dictionary says that “when you are captivated by someone or something you find them fascinating and attractive.” I would actually change that a little and say “and/or”… these days, “captivate” is also used when you are captivated by something because it is fascinating but not attractive.
A good example of this is the news – many people are captivated by news stories, especially when the news is bad. Right now, for example, the trial of Oscar Pistorius (the South African Paralympic athlete, nicknamed Bladerunner) and whether he murdered his girlfriend or not is captivating many people. Is there any news – good or bad – that is captivating people in Japan at the moment?