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



BrE BrE//kæpˈtɪvəti//
; NAmE NAmE//kæpˈtɪvəti//
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the state of being kept as a prisoner or in a confined space He was held in captivity for three years. Wild animals do not always breed well in captivity. The bird had escaped from captivity. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin captivitas, from captivus ‘taken captive’, from capere ‘seize, take’.Extra examples She was tortured many times during her captivity. The children were held in captivity until British soldiers entered the village. The prisoners were released from captivity after three months. tigers raised in captivity trout bred in captivity
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