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hostagenoun [C]

uk   /ˈhɒs.tɪdʒ/  us   /ˈhɑː.stɪdʒ/
C2 someone who is taken as a ​prisoner by an ​enemy in ​order to ​force the other ​peopleinvolved to do what the ​enemywants: She was taken/​held hostage by the ​gunmen. The ​terrorists have seized 20 hostages and are ​threatening to ​kill one a ​dayunlesstheirdemands are ​met.
(Definition of hostage from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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hostagenoun [C]

 us   /ˈhɑs·tɪdʒ/
someone who is made a ​prisoner in ​order to ​force other ​people to do something: Inmates at the ​jailheld 12 hostages and ​demanded to ​meet the ​governor.
(Definition of hostage from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “hostage”
in Korean 인질…
in Arabic رَهينة…
in Malaysian tebusan…
in French otage…
in Russian заложник…
in Chinese (Traditional) 人質…
in Italian ostaggio…
in Turkish rehine, tutsak…
in Polish zakładni-k/czka…
in Spanish rehén…
in Vietnamese con tin…
in Portuguese refém…
in Thai ตัวประกัน…
in German die Geisel…
in Catalan ostatge…
in Japanese 人質…
in Chinese (Simplified) 人质…
in Indonesian sandera…
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