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See also: captivé
captive (plural captives)
- One who has been captured or is otherwise confined.
- 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, in The China Governess:
- 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 […].
- One held prisoner.
- (figuratively) One charmed or subdued by beauty, excellence, or affection; one who is captivated.
a person who has been captured
a person held prisoner
captive (not comparable)
- Held prisoner; not free; confined.
- 1671, John Milton, “(please specify the page)”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: […] J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398:
- A poor, miserable, captive thrall.
- 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: […] 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.
- Of or relating to bondage or confinement; serving to confine.
- captive chains; captive hours
- first-person singular present indicative of
- third-person singular present indicative of
- first-person singular present subjunctive of
- third-person singular present subjunctive of
- second-person singular imperative of
- Alternative form of