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hostage

hos·tage

hostage

 
 
pronunciation:
ha stihj
features:
Word Combinations (noun), Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition: someone held prisoner by one person or group in an attempt to persuade or force another person or group to satisfy certain conditions or meet certain demands.
The police did what they could to capture the gunman without injuring the hostages.
similar words:
captive, pawn
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