captivity

play
noun cap·tiv·i·ty \kap-ˈti-və-tē\

Definition of captivity

  1. 1 :  the state of being captive <some birds thrive in captivity>

  2. 2 obsolete :  a group of captives

Examples of captivity in a sentence

  1. The prisoners were released from captivity.

  2. <the wildlife refuge raises endangered species in captivity and then releases them into the wild>

14th Century

First Known Use of captivity

14th century



CAPTIVITY Defined for English Language Learners

captivity

play
noun cap·tiv·i·ty \kap-ˈti-və-tē\

Definition of captivity for English Language Learners

  • : the state of being kept in a place (such as a prison or a cage) and not being able to leave or be free : the state or condition of being captive


CAPTIVITY Defined for Kids

captivity

play
noun cap·tiv·i·ty \kap-ˈti-və-tē\

Definition of captivity for Students

  1. :  the state of being held prisoner :  the state of being captive



Seen and Heard

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

WORD OF THE DAY

to strike by flicking the finger outward

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog-cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ