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captivenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkæp.tɪv/
a ​person or ​animal whose ​ability to ​move or ​actfreely is ​limited by being ​closed in a ​space; a ​prisoner, ​especially a ​personheld by the ​enemy during a ​war: When the ​town was ​recaptured, we ​foundsoldiers 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
(Definition of captive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"captive" in American English

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captivenoun [C]

 us   /ˈkæp·tɪv/
a ​prisoner, esp. a ​personheld by the ​enemy during a ​war
captivity
noun [U]  us   /kæpˈtɪv·ɪ·t̬i/
Most ​animals bred in captivity would ​probably not ​survive in the ​wild.

captiveadjective, adverb

 us   /ˈkæp·tɪv/
(being) without the ​ability to ​escape: The ​soldiers were ​held captive for three ​months. When ​selling to ​people in ​theirhomes, you’ve got a captive ​audience (= ​people who cannot ​leave).
(Definition of captive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"captive" in Business English

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captiveadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈkæptɪv/ COMMERCE
not having a ​choice about what ​services, ​goods, etc. you ​buy because there is only one or there are only a few ​available in the ​place where you are: In the cinema, advertisers know that they have a captive ​audience. Long-distance ​airlinepassengers are the perfect captive ​market. Utility ​companies could be ​fined for ​overcharging captive ​customers or ​underchargingconsumers who have a ​choice of ​supplier.
(Definition of captive from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “captive”
in Korean 포로…
in Arabic أسير…
in Malaysian tawanan…
in French captif/-ive…
in Russian плененный, содержащийся в неволе…
in Chinese (Traditional) 囚徒, 獵獲物, (尤指)戰俘…
in Italian prigioniero, -a…
in Turkish esir olmuş/edilmiş, tutsak edilen…
in Polish pojmany…
in Spanish cautivo, preso…
in Vietnamese người bị giam cầm…
in Portuguese prisioneiro, -a…
in Thai นักโทษ…
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…
in Indonesian tawanan…
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