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Definition of captivity noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

captivity

 noun
noun
NAmE//kæpˈtɪvət̮i//
 
[uncountable]
 
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the state of being kept as a prisoner or in a place you cannot escape from He was held in captivity for three years. Wild animals do not always breed well in captivity. The bird had escaped from captivity.
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