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captivity

noun [U] uk   /kæpˈtɪv.ɪ.ti/ us    /-ə.t̬i/
the situation in which a person or animal is kept somewhere and is not allowed to leave: All the hostages, when released from captivity, looked remarkably fit and well. Animals bred in captivity would probably not survive if they were released into the wild.
Translations of “captivity”
in Korean 감금…
in Arabic أسْر…
in Portuguese cativeiro…
in Catalan captivitat…
in Japanese とらわれの状態…
in Italian cattività…
in Chinese (Traditional) 關押, 囚禁…
in Russian плен, неволя…
in Turkish esaret, tutsaklık…
in Chinese (Simplified) 关押, 囚禁…
in Polish niewola…
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