cap·​tor ˈkap-tər How to pronounce captor (audio)
: one that has captured a person or thing

Examples of captor in a Sentence

The men fought their captors and escaped.
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Word History


Late Latin, from Latin capere

First Known Use

circa 1688, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of captor was circa 1688

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“Captor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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cap·​tor ˈkap-tər How to pronounce captor (audio)
: one that has captured a person or thing
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