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captainnoun

uk   /ˈkæp.tɪn/  us   /-tən/
B1 [C] the ​leader of a ​sportsteam: It's ​unusual to have a ​goalkeeper as (the) captain of a ​footballteam.B2 [C] the ​person in ​charge of a ​ship or an ​aircraft: This is ​your captain ​speaking. We ​expect to be ​landing at Osaka Kansai ​airport in an hour's ​time. [C] (also Captain) an officer's ​rank in the British ​army or ​navy, or in the US ​airforce, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or the US ​police and ​firedepartments: The captain gave him his ​orders. Captain Lane/Alex Lane [as form of address] Yes, Captain.

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captainverb [T]

uk   /ˈkæp.tɪn/  us   /-tən/
(Definition of captain from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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captainnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkæp·tən/
a ​navalofficer of high ​rank, above a ​commander, or a ​militaryofficer of ​middlerank, above a ​lieutenant A captain is the ​person in ​charge of a ​ship or ​aircraft. A captain is also an ​officer in a ​police or ​firedepartment. A captain is also the ​leader of a ​sportsteam.
captain
verb [T]  us   /ˈkæp·tən/
She captains the women’s ​rowingteam.
(Definition of captain from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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