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captivenoun [C]

uk   /ˈkæp.tɪv/  us   /ˈkæp.tɪv/
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
(Definition of captive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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captivenoun [C]

 us   /ˈkæp·tɪv/
a prisoner, esp. a person held 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 their homes, 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 airline passengers are the perfect captive market. Utility companies could be fined for overcharging captive customers or undercharging consumers 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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