Meaning of “captive” - Learner’s Dictionary


adjective us uk /ˈkæptɪv/

A captive person or animal is being kept somewhere and is not allowed to leave.

a captive audience/market

a group of people who have to watch something or have to buy something because they do not have a choice

hold/take sb captive

to keep someone as a prisoner, or make someone a prisoner:

They were held captive by rebels for 32 days.

(Definition of “captive adjective” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)