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English definition of “captive”

captive

adjective
 
 
/ˈkæptɪv/
A captive person or animal is being kept somewhere and is not allowed to leave.People held in prisonLack of freedom to act
a captive audience/market a group of people who have to watch something or have to buy something because they do not have a choiceAdvertising, marketing and merchandisingRetailing
hold/take sb captive to keep someone as a prisoner, or make someone a prisoner: They were held captive by rebels for 32 days.People held in prison
(Definition of captive adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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