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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
Translations of “captive”
in Korean 포로…
in Arabic أسير…
in French captif/-ive…
in Turkish esir olmuş/edilmiş, tutsak edilen…
in Italian prigioniero, -a…
in Chinese (Traditional) 囚徒, 獵獲物, (尤指)戰俘…
in Russian плененный, содержащийся в неволе…
in Polish pojmany…
in Spanish cautivo, preso…
in Portuguese prisioneiro, -a…
in German der Gefangene…
in Catalan pres, -a, captiu…
in Japanese 囚人, 捕虜…
in Chinese (Simplified) 囚徒, 猎获物, (尤指)战俘…
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