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hos·tage

 (hŏs′tĭj)
n.
1. A person held by one party in a conflict as security that specified terms will be met by the opposing party.
2. One that serves as security against an implied threat: superpowers held hostage to each other by their nuclear arsenals.
3. One that is under the constraining control of another: "In becoming a mother one becomes a hostage to fortune" (Janna Malamud Smith).

[Middle English, from Old French, probably from host, guest, host; see host1.]

hostage

(ˈhɒstɪdʒ)
n
1. a person given to or held by a person, organization, etc, as a security or pledge or for ransom, release, exchange for prisoners, etc
2. the state of being held as a hostage
3. any security or pledge
4. give hostages to fortune to place oneself in a position in which misfortune may strike through the loss of what one values most
[C13: from Old French, from hoste guest, host1]

hos•tage

(ˈhɒs tɪdʒ)

n.
1. a person given or held as security for the fulfillment of certain conditions or terms, promises, etc., by another.
2. Archaic. a security or pledge.
[1225–75; Middle English < Old French hostage]

hostage

- First referred to the state of someone handed over as a pledge or security (for the fulfillment of an undertaking).
See also related terms for security.

hostage

A person held as a pledge that certain terms or agreements will be kept. (The taking of hostages is forbidden under the Geneva Conventions, 1949.)
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hostage - a prisoner who is held by one party to insure that another party will meet specified termshostage - a prisoner who is held by one party to insure that another party will meet specified terms
captive, prisoner - a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war

hostage

noun captive, prisoner, pledge, pawn, security, surety the man they were holding as a hostage
Translations
رَهِينَةٌرَهينَه
rukojmí
gidsel
panttivanki
talac
túsz
hostageostage
gísl
人質
인질
įkaitaslaikyti įkaitupaimti įkaitu
ķīlnieks
rukojemník
talec
gisslan
ตัวประกัน
con tin

hostage

[ˈhɒstɪdʒ] Nrehén mf
to take sb hostagetomar or (LAm) agarrar a algn como rehén

hostage

[ˈhɒstɪdʒ] notage m
to take sb hostage → prendre qn en otage
to be taken hostage → être pris(e) en otage
to be held hostage → être retenu(e) en otagehost computer nordinateur m hôtehost country n
[conference, sports event] → pays m d'accueil
[immigrant] → pays m d'accueil

hostage

nGeisel f; to take/hold somebody hostagejdn als Geisel nehmen/halten; to take hostagesGeiseln nehmen

hostage

:
hostage-taker
nGeiselnehmer(in) m(f)
hostage-taking
nGeiselnahme f

hostage

[ˈhɒstɪdʒ] nostaggio
to take sb hostage → prendere qn in ostaggio

hostage

(ˈhostidʒ) noun
a person who is held prisoner in order to ensure that the captor's demands etc will be carried out. The terrorists took three people with them as hostages; They took / were holding three people hostage.
take/hold (someone) hostage
to take or keep (someone) as a hostage. The police were unable to attack the terrorists because they were holding three people hostage.

hostage

رَهِينَةٌ rukojmí gidsel Geisel όμηρος rehén panttivanki otage talac ostaggio 人質 인질 gijzelaar gissel zakładnik refém заложник gisslan ตัวประกัน rehine con tin 人质
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