Definition of captain verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

captain

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈkæptɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæptɪn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they captain
BrE BrE//ˈkæptɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæptɪn//
 
he / she / it captains
BrE BrE//ˈkæptɪnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæptɪnz//
 
past simple captained
BrE BrE//ˈkæptɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæptɪnd//
 
past participle captained
BrE BrE//ˈkæptɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæptɪnd//
 
-ing form captaining
BrE BrE//ˈkæptɪnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæptɪnɪŋ//
 
 
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captain something to be a captain of a sports team or a ship Word Origin late Middle English (in the general sense ‘chief or leader’): from Old French capitain (superseding earlier chevetaigne ‘chieftain’), from late Latin capitaneus ‘chief’, from Latin caput, capit- ‘head’.Extra examples Ellis is expected to captain the side in next week’s friendly against Argentina. He played in the West Indies team captained by Clive Lloyd. He told us about the ship he had captained during the war. He will captain England on their tour to Australia.
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