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English definition of “captive”

captive

noun [C]     /ˈkæp.tɪv/
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 .People held in prison hold/take sb captive to keep someone as a prisoner or make someone a prisoner : The terrorists were holding several diplomats captive.People held in prison captive     adjective captive soldiers People held in prisonLack of freedom to act
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