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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.
Translations of “hostage”
in Arabic رَهينة…
in Korean 인질…
in Malaysian tebusan…
in French otage…
in Turkish rehine, tutsak…
in Italian ostaggio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 人質…
in Russian заложник…
in Polish zakładni-k/czka…
in Vietnamese con tin…
in Spanish rehén…
in Portuguese refém…
in Thai ตัวประกัน…
in German die Geisel…
in Catalan ostatge…
in Japanese 人質…
in Indonesian sandera…
in Chinese (Simplified) 人质…
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