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captive

noun [C] uk   /ˈkæp.tɪv/ us  
a person or animal whose ability to move or act freely is limited by being closed in a space; a prisoner, especially a person held by the enemy during a war: When the town was recaptured, we found soldiers who had been captives for several years. hold/take sb captive to keep someone as a prisoner or make someone a prisoner: The terrorists were holding several diplomats captive.
captive
adjective uk   us  
captive soldiers
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