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English definition of “hostage”

hostage

noun
 
 
/ˈhɒstɪdʒ/
[C] someone who is kept as a prisoner and may be hurt or killed in order to force other people to do somethingPeople held in prison
take/hold sb hostage to catch or keep someone as a prisoner: Two tourists were held hostage by terrorists.Capturing or taking possession of thingsGetting, receiving and acceptingPutting people in prisonPhysical and sexual assault and abductionSexual activity in general
(Definition of hostage from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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