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cap·tive

 (kăp′tĭv)
n.
1. One, such as a prisoner of war, who is forcibly confined, subjugated, or enslaved.
2. One held in the grip of a strong emotion or passion.
3. A subsidiary that serves only its parent company.
adj.
1. Taken and held prisoner, as in war.
2. Held in bondage; enslaved.
3. Kept under restraint or control; confined: captive birds.
4. Enraptured, as by beauty; captivated.
5. Restrained by circumstances that prevent free choice: a captive audience; a captive market.
6. Serving a single company exclusively: a captive insurer.

[Middle English captif, from Old French, from Latin captīvus, from captus, past participle of capere, to seize; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]

captive

(ˈkæptɪv)
n
1. a person or animal that is confined or restrained, esp a prisoner of war
2. a person whose behaviour is dominated by some emotion: a captive of love.
adj
3. held as prisoner
4. held under restriction or control; confined: captive water held behind a dam.
5. captivated; enraptured
6. unable by circumstances to avoid speeches, advertisements, etc (esp in the phrase captive audience)
[C14: from Latin captīvus, from capere to take]

cap•tive

(ˈkæp tɪv)

n.
1. a prisoner.
2. a person who is enslaved or dominated: a captive of one's own fears.
adj.
3. made or held prisoner, esp. in war.
4. kept in confinement or restraint: captive animals.
5. enslaved by love, beauty, etc.; captivated.
6. unable to avoid listening or attending to something: a captive audience.
[1300–50; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin captīvus=capt(us), past participle of capere to take + -īvus -ive]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.captive - a person who is confinedcaptive - a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war
unfortunate, unfortunate person - a person who suffers misfortune
convict, yard bird, yardbird, con, inmate - a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison
detainee, political detainee - some held in custody
hostage, surety - a prisoner who is held by one party to insure that another party will meet specified terms
internee - a person who is interned; "the internees were enemy aliens and suspected terrorists"
political prisoner - someone who is imprisoned because of their political views
POW, prisoner of war - a person who surrenders to (or is taken by) the enemy in time of war
2.captive - an animal that is confined
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
3.captive - a person held in the grip of a strong emotion or passion
emotional person - a person subject to strong states of emotion
Adj.1.captive - being in captivity
unfree - hampered and not free; not able to act at will
2.captive - giving or marked by complete attention to; "that engrossed look or rapt delight"; "then wrapped in dreams"; "so intent on this fantastic...narrative that she hardly stirred"- Walter de la Mare; "rapt with wonder"; "wrapped in thought"
attentive - (often followed by `to') giving care or attention; "attentive to details"; "the nurse was attentive to her patient"; "an attentive suitor"

captive

adjective
1. confined, caged, imprisoned, locked up, enslaved, incarcerated, ensnared, subjugated, penned, restricted Her heart had begun to pound inside her chest like a captive animal.
noun
1. prisoner, hostage, convict, prisoner of war, detainee, internee He described the difficulties of surviving for four months as a captive.
Translations
أسيرأَسيْر، سَبِي
zajateczajatý
fangefangetindespærret
اسير
vanki
zarobljenicazarobljenik
bezártelzártfogoly
fangifanginn, í haldi
belaisvisgrobėjasnelaisvėnelaisvėje laikomaspagauti
gūsteknissagūstīts
zajateczajatý
ujetnik

captive

[ˈkæptɪv]
A. ADJ [animal, bird, person] → cautivo
to take sb captivehacer prisionero a algn
to hold sb captivetener or mantener prisionero or cautivo a algn
he had a captive audiencela gente no tenía más remedio que escucharle
captive marketmercado m cautivo
B. Ncautivo/a m/f, preso/a m/f

captive

[ˈkæptɪv]
adj (= in captivity) [person] → prisonnier/ière; [animal] → captif/ive
ncaptif/ive m/f
to take sb captive → faire qn prisonnier
to hold sb captive → garder qn en captivitécaptive breeding nélevage m en captivitécaptive market nmarché m captif

captive

nGefangene(r) mf; to take somebody captivejdn gefangen nehmen; to hold somebody captivejdn gefangen halten; (fig)jdn fesseln, jdn gefangen nehmen
adj persongefangen; animal, birdin Gefangenschaft; in a captive statein Gefangenschaft f; a captive audienceein unfreiwilliges Publikum; captive breedingZucht f(von artbedrohten Tieren) in Gefangenschaft

captive

[ˈkæptɪv]
1. adj (person) → prigioniero/a; (animal) → in cattività
he had a captive audience → i presenti hanno dovuto ascoltarlo per forza
2. nprigioniero/a
to hold sb captive → tenere prigioniero qn

captive

(ˈkӕptiv) noun
a prisoner. Two of the captives escaped.
adjective
kept prisoner. captive soldiers; The children were taken/held captive.
capˈtivity noun
a state of being a prisoner, caged etc. animals in captivity in a zoo.
ˈcaptor noun
a person who captures someone. He managed to escape from his captors.
ˈcapture (-tʃə) verb
1. to take by force, skill etc. The soldiers captured the castle; Several animals were captured.
2. to take possession of (a person's attention etc). The story captured his imagination.
noun
1. the act of capturing.
2. something caught. A kangaroo was his most recent capture.