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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And does your garden have a feature a tree, a special collection of plants or a striking ornament to act as a decorative element and capture imagination?
- 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."
Wuthering Heights The Follies' rural setting will transport the audience to the Yorkshire Moors with an adaptation of 'Wuthering Heights' on August 17, where the tempestuous romance between Heathcliff and Catherine will capture imaginations. Emily Bronte's tale of passion and revenge has thrilled readers and audiences alike for generations, and in this adaptation by Laura Turner, Catherine and Heathcliff's love will be tested to its limit.
Sharjah: The 11th edition of Sharjah Children's Reading Festival (SCRF) is coming back to Sharjah Expo Centre on April 17 to capture imaginations and delight cultural enthusiasts with 2,546 activities featuring 198 guests from 56 countries.
Designed to capture imaginations and encourage children to explore the world around them, the production promises love, laughter, friendship and, of course, plenty of big hugs.
"From record attendances to greater fan engagement, the AFC Champions League continues to capture imaginations in Asia and beyond.
From self-driving cars to Facebook's artificial intelligence (AI) bots learning to speak their own language, and yes, even that series of "self-aware machine" movies starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the appeal of technology--and just how far it can be stretched--will always capture imaginations and headlines globally.
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.