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hostage

noun [C]  us   /ˈhɑs·tɪdʒ/
someone who is made a prisoner in order to force other people to do something: Inmates at the jail held 12 hostages and demanded to meet the governor.
Translations of “hostage”
in Arabic رَهينة…
in Korean 인질…
in Malaysian tebusan…
in French otage…
in Turkish rehine, tutsak…
in Italian ostaggio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 人質…
in Russian заложник…
in Polish zakładni-k/czka…
in Vietnamese con tin…
in Spanish rehén…
in Portuguese refém…
in Thai ตัวประกัน…
in German die Geisel…
in Catalan ostatge…
in Japanese 人質…
in Indonesian sandera…
in Chinese (Simplified) 人质…
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