Definition of captive in English:

captive

Syllabification: cap·tive
Pronunciation: /ˈkaptiv
 
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noun

A person who has been taken prisoner or an animal that has been confined.
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  • The United States government is forbidden by its own law from torturing captives and prisoners.
  • Another short chain joins the leg-irons to the handcuffs, ensuring the captives cannot walk properly.
  • The rebels generally bring their captives across the border to a Lord's Resistance Army camp in Sudan.
Synonyms

adjective

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1Imprisoned or confined: the farm was used to hold prisoners of war captive a captive animal
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  • He rightly recognized that the Berlin Wall was an abomination and a poignant symbol of the chains imprisoning the captive nations of Eastern Europe.
  • Transporting captive animals entails confining them in our sense - they do not live well while cooped up - and may result in injury or death.
  • Interactions usually take place in confined settings with captive animals or, more rarely, with unconfined animals who have been conditioned to come by being fed.
Synonyms
confined, caged, incarcerated, locked up; jailed, imprisoned, in prison, interned, detained, in captivity, under lock and key, behind bars
1.1 [attributive] Having no freedom to choose alternatives or to avoid something: advertisements at the movie theater reach a captive audience
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  • Non-stop advertising to a captive audience is a marketing heaven and is exactly what our private rail networks plan to introduce very soon.
  • A Bolton Evening News reader correctly described the victims of that kind of marketing as a ‘vulnerable and captive audience’.
  • The company has made no secret of its intention to work with broadcasters and advertisers, and to market products directly to its 400,000-strong captive audience.
1.2(Of a facility or service) controlled by, and typically for the sole use of, an establishment or company: a captive power plant
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  • Fed up with expensive state assigned-risk pools, DDA rented a captive facility instead - and slashed its expenses by half.
  • Company leaders note there are independent dairy processors as well as captive dairies Dean Foods is interested in purchasing.
  • The USA also retains residual regulation concerning captive shippers.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin captivus, from capere 'seize, take'.

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