captive

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See also: captivé

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately from Latin captivus.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

captive (plural captives)

  1. One who has been captured or is otherwise confined.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, The China Governess[1]:
      When Timothy and Julia hurried up the staircase to the bedroom floor, where a considerable commotion was taking place, Tim took Barry Leach with him. He had him gripped firmly by the arm, since he felt it was not safe to let him loose, and he had no immediate idea what to do with him. The captive made no resistance […].
  2. One held prisoner.
  3. (figuratively) One charmed or subdued by beauty, excellence, or affection; one who is captivated.

Translations[edit]

Adjective[edit]

captive (not comparable)

  1. Held prisoner; not free; confined.
    • Milton
      A poor, miserable, captive thrall.
  2. Subdued by love; charmed; captivated.
    • Shakespeare
      Even in so short a space, my wonan's heart / Grossly grew captive to his honey words.
  3. Of or relating to bondage or confinement; serving to confine.
    captive chains; captive hours

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French[edit]

Verb[edit]

captive

  1. first-person singular present indicative of captiver
  2. third-person singular present indicative of captiver
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of captiver
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of captiver
  5. second-person singular imperative of captiver

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

captīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of captīvus