capture imagination

capture (one's) imagination

To hold one's interest or spark one's creativity. I know it sounds strange, but his talk on the importance of obtuse angles really captured my imagination. That movie captured his imagination so much that it inspired him to become a screenwriter.
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capture someone's imagination

Fig. to intrigue someone; to interest someone in a lasting way; to stimulate someone's imagination. The story of the young wizard has captured the imagination of the world's children.
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this capture imagination LAWRIE "We don't play a lot of links golf on the Tour and from the feedback people think it's brilliant to be coming back to a links course.
Motorsport Development UK will help us to work with other regional development agencies to use the sport to help protect this sector which is under threat from emerging economies and also as a way to capture imagination and encourage more youngsters to get involved.
Chapters advise on how to let the picture capture imagination and revitalize the senses of vision, with plenty of fine art examples throughout showing just how it can work.
Whilst the idea failed to capture imagination locally, I recall that Lib Dem-run Stockport Council 'adopted' Malaysia.
The acquisition of German firm Reemtsma by Imperial Tobacco continued to capture imagination in the sector during an otherwise lacklustre session.
We try to capture imagination in every home we build and we are delighted to have been recognised for our work at Lanesborough Court.
The exhibition reflects Emaar's broader aspirations to inspire creativity and capture imaginations by bringing art to the communities it serves.
SHORTLISTED FINALIST Ithica Films BY tapping into one of the most powerful mediums in the world, Ithica Films help businesses stir emotions, provoke reactions and capture imaginations.
You can craft your own Matilda reading corner or BFG Dream Cave, then capture imaginations with activity sheets and party games, or even host a Roald Dahl quiz night.
We take pride in publishing exciting books that capture imaginations, and Secret Garden is a testament to that philosophy.
Whether it's appreciating great works of fiction by existing authors, or trying to develop new authors of the future, there will be something at Teachit Primary to capture imaginations.
It was based on a French science fiction novel, La Planete des singes by Pierre Boulle, and whilst the differences between book and film are numerous, both managed to capture imaginations.
Had the likes of Ryan Giggs or Martin O'Neil been secured, then tongues really would have wagged from Chepstow to the Menai Bridge, their mere presence guaranteed to capture imaginations by the bucketload.