Meaning of “hostage” in the English Dictionary

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"hostage" in British English

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hostagenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈhɒs.tɪdʒ/ us /ˈhɑː.stɪdʒ/

(Definition of “hostage” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hostage" in American English

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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 jail held 12 hostages and demanded to meet the governor.

(Definition of “hostage” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)