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cap·tor

 (kăp′tər, -tôr′)
n.
One that takes another as a captive.

[Late Latin, hunter, from Latin capere, to seize; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]

captor

(ˈkæptə)
n
a person or animal that holds another captive
[C17: from Latin, from capere to take]

cap•tor

(ˈkæp tər)

n.
a person who has captured a person or thing.
[1640–50; < Late Latin, = Latin cap(ere) to take + -tor -tor]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.captor - a person who captures and holds people or animalscaptor - a person who captures and holds people or animals
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
abductor, kidnaper, kidnapper, snatcher - someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom)
surpriser - a captor who uses surprise to capture the victim
liberator - someone who releases people from captivity or bondage

captor

noun jailer or gaoler, guard, keeper, custodian They did not know what their captors had planned for them.
Translations
آسِر، سابِ
únosce
bortfører
fogvatartó
sá sem tekur til fanga; ná á sitt vald
tutsak eden

captor

[ˈkæptəʳ] Ncaptor(a) m/f, apresador(a) m/f

captor

[ˈkæptər] n
[child, woman, hostage] → ravisseur m
(lawful) his captors → les auteurs mpl de son arrestation
[fish] → pêcheur m

captor

nderjenige, der jdn gefangen nimmt; his captors treated him kindlyer wurde nach seiner Gefangennahme gut behandelt; his captors were Ruritanianer wurde von Ruritaniern gefangen genommen; his captors later freed himman ließ ihn später wieder frei

captor

[ˈkæptəʳ] n (lawful) → chi ha catturato; (unlawful) → rapitore/trice
he managed to escape from his captors → riuscì a sfuggire a quelli che l'avevano catturato

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.
References in classic literature ?
Along the bed of the old watercourse that once ran through the gorge they made their way, and as the first faint lightening of the eastern horizon presaged the coming dawn, they paused for a moment upon the edge of a declivity, which appeared to the girl in the strange light of the waning night as a vast, bottomless pit; but, as their captors resumed their way and the light of the new day became stronger, she saw that they were moving downward toward a dense forest.
His captors had been as inquisitive as to his strange clothing as had mine, with the same result.
Toward the center of the city was a large plaza, and upon this and in the buildings immediately surrounding it were camped some nine or ten hundred creatures of the same breed as my captors, for such I now considered them despite the suave manner in which I had been trapped.
said one of her captors, both of whom had retained a hold upon her.
Three quarters of an hour from the time of his seizure his captors dropped gently to earth in the strangest city that human eye had ever rested upon.
The instant the shock of this sudden misfortune had abated, Duncan began to make his observations on the appearance and proceedings of their captors.
Delcarte and Taylor were now in mid-stream, coming toward us, and I called to them to keep aloof until I knew whether the intentions of my captors were friendly or otherwise.
The leaping carnivora and the plunging horses, prevented any concerted action by the Abyssinians--it was every man for himself--and in the melee, the defenseless woman was either forgotten or ignored by her black captors.
The savages now produced large bowls full of rice prepared with cocoanut oil, of which my crazy comrades ate eagerly, but I only tasted a few grains, understanding clearly that the object of our captors was to fatten us speedily for their own eating, and this was exactly what happened.
To one of these houses which had neither doors nor windows, but only one broad opening far up underneath the roof, the prisoners were brought by their captors.
Yet as she glanced from them to her new captors she could not but feel that she would prefer captivity in one of the settlements they were passing--there at least she might find an opportunity to communicate with her father, or be discovered by the rescue party as it came up the river.
The agents of the Northwest Company, in instigating the expedition, had talked of immense booty to be made by the fortunate captors of Astoria.