Definition of captive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkæptɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæptɪv//
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  1. 1kept as a prisoner or in a confined space; unable to escape captive animals They were taken captive by masked gunmen. captive breeding (= the breeding of wild animals in zoos, etc.) She was held captive in a castle.
  2. 2[only before noun] not free to leave a particular place or to choose what you want to do A salesman loves to have a captive audience (= listening because they have no choice).
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin captivus, from capere ‘seize, take’.
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