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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 ?
The instant the shock of this sudden misfortune had abated, Duncan began to make his observations on the appearance and proceedings of their captors.
Here his captors were joined by two other persons, apparently belonging to the gang.
As he was anxious to propitiate his captors, he answered as often as possible in the affirmative.
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.
He was so vexed with his own folly, and so taken aback at the disaster, that he did not attempt to explain his conduct, and things would have gone badly with him if his friends the fairies had not softened the hearts of his captors, so that they once more allowed him to leave quietly.
Night set in, they quickened their pace, and the fears of the two prisoners grew greater, especially as they heard themselves assailed with- "Get on, ye Troglodytes;" "Silence, ye barbarians;" "March, ye cannibals;" "No murmuring, ye Scythians;" "Don't open your eyes, ye murderous Polyphemes, ye blood-thirsty lions," and suchlike names with which their captors harassed the ears of the wretched master and man.
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.
Passepartout and his companions had begun to struggle with their captors, three of whom the Frenchman had felled with his fists, when his master and the soldiers hastened up to their relief.
He cuddled it, baby-wise, but he looked up from it often to curse with an astonishing utter abandon straight at the noses of his captors.
The two latter followed their captors in the humble guise of captives, without arms.
Soothed, however, by caresses, he began after a time to gather confidence and wag his tail, and at length was brought to follow close at the heels of his captors, still, however, darting around furtive and suspicious glances, and evincing a disposition to scamper off upon the least alarm.
A bale of goods which landed upon one of the islands was immediately ripped open, one half of its contents divided among the captors, and the other half secreted in a lonely hut in a deep ravine.