captive

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

cap·tive

adjective \ˈkap-tiv\

: captured and kept in a prison, cage, etc.

: forced to watch or listen to something because you cannot leave

Full Definition of CAPTIVE

1
a :  taken and held as or as if a prisoner of war
b (1) :  kept within bounds :  confined
(2) :  of or relating to captive animals <captive breeding>
2
:  held under control of another but having the appearance of independence; especially :  owned or controlled by another concern and operated for its needs rather than for an open market <a captive mine>
3
:  being such involuntarily because of a situation that makes free choice or departure difficult <a captive audience>
captive noun

Examples of CAPTIVE

  1. The captive soldiers planned their escape.
  2. <the captive soldiers were treated humanely by the guards>

Origin of CAPTIVE

Middle English, from Latin captivus, from captus, past participle of capere
First Known Use: 14th century

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: captive bolt
Previous Word in the Dictionary: captivate
All Words Near: captive

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up captive? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More