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



BrE BrE//ˈkæptɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæptɪv//
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a person who is kept as a prisoner, especially in a war Talks have persuaded the terrorists to set the captives free. The terrorists will only release their captives if they get what they want. Their king was now a captive in Talleyrand’s chateau. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin captivus, from capere ‘seize, take’.
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