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hostage

noun [C]  /ˈhɑs·tɪdʒ/ us  
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 Korean 인질…
in Arabic رَهينة…
in French otage…
in Turkish rehine, tutsak…
in Italian ostaggio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 人質…
in Russian заложник…
in Polish zakładni-k/czka…
in Spanish rehén…
in Portuguese refém…
in German die Geisel…
in Catalan ostatge…
in Japanese 人質…
in Chinese (Simplified) 人质…
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