Examples of captivity in a Sentence
The prisoners were released from captivity.
the wildlife refuge raises endangered species in captivity and then releases them into the wild
Recent Examples of captivity from the Web
He was freed from captivity in 2014 in exchange for five Taliban prisoners.
The memorials honor 140 Confederate soldiers who died in 1862 while in captivity at nearby Camp Randall.
SeaWorld has not collected a wild orca in nearly 40 years, and most of its orcas were born in captivity.
Mr. McGown’s captivity had become a cause célèbre in South Africa, but his freedom came at a price: A retired European intelligence official said on Thursday that 3.5 million euros (about $4.2 million) had been paid.
The last SeaWorld killer whale born in captivity has died, according to a statement on the company's website.
A day after celebrating his 69th birthday, Snooty, the oldest living manatee in captivity, has died, according to the South Florida Museum.
Early in McCain’s captivity, the North Vietnamese, well aware of who their prisoner was, offered to release him.
The Eastern indigo snakes that have been released in Alabama were raised in captivity by agencies such as Zoo Atlanta and Central Florida Zoo's Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation.
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First Known Use of captivity
Synonymsinternment, confinement, immurement, impoundment, imprisonment, incarceration, prison
Related Wordsbondage, enslavement, servitude; restraint, restriction; arrest, capture, entrapment; custody, detainer, detainment, detention, house arrest
Near Antonymsemancipation, liberation, manumission, redemption, release; freedom, independence, liberty
CAPTIVITY Defined for English Language Learners
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
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