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captive

cap·tive

captive

 
 
pronunciation:
kaep tihv
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: one who is confined or subjugated, such as a prisoner.
The captives were taken away in chains.
synonyms:
prisoner
similar words:
convict, hostage, internee, jailbird
definition 2: one who is dominated or enslaved.
He is a captive of his drinking problem.She was a captive of her own feelings of guilt.
synonyms:
hostage, prisoner, slave
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: imprisoned or subjugated, as in war.
The captive soldiers lived in tiny huts.
synonyms:
imprisoned, subjugated
similar words:
conquered
definition 2: held in confinement or restraint.
The captive dogs barked pitifully.
synonyms:
confined, imprisoned, restrained
similar words:
caged, incarcerated, locked up, penned
definition 3: held involuntarily or by obligation.
Members of the staff formed a captive audience for the chairman's tirades.
synonyms:
involuntary
definition 4: held by charm or beauty; captivated.
Her captive lover gazed upon her as she danced.
synonyms:
captivated, spellbound
similar words:
charmed, fascinated
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