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English definition of “hostage”

hostage

noun [C] uk   /ˈhɒs.tɪdʒ/ us    /ˈhɑː.stɪdʒ/
C2 someone who is taken as a prisoner by an enemy in order to force the other people involved to do what the enemy wants: She was taken/held hostage by the gunmen. The terrorists have seized 20 hostages and are threatening to kill one a day unless their demands are met.
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