captive
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈkæptɪv/
Noun

captive (plural captives)

  1. One who has been captured or is otherwise confined.
  2. One held prisoner.
  3. (figurative) One charmed or subdued by beauty, excellence, or affection; one who is captivated.
Translations Translations Adjective

captive (not comparable)

  1. Held prisoner; not free; confined.
    • 1671, John Milton, Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗:
      A poor, miserable, captive thrall.
  2. Subdued by love; charmed; captivated.
    • c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene i]:
      Even in so short a space, my woman's heart / Grossly grew captive to his honey words.
  3. Of or relating to bondage or confinement; serving to confine.
    captive chains; captive hours
Translations Verb

captive (captives, present participle captiving; past and past participle captived)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To capture; to take captive.



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