cap·​tor | \ˈkap-tər, -ˌtȯr\

Definition of captor 

: 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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Her captor immediately began to physically and emotionally abuse her, pausing only to take a call from his wife. Nadia Murad, Glamour, "Nadia Murad Escaped Sexual Slavery at the Hands of ISIS. This Is Her Story.," 5 Oct. 2018 Moreno spoke after a 12-hour deadline ended with the captors failing to demonstrate the hostages were still alive. Washington Post, "Ecuador’s president confirms journalists killed along border," 13 Apr. 2018 Turns out she's been kidnapped and is living in captivity, Samuel assumes, with her captor. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Robert Pattinson is lovesick cowboy in offbeat 'Damsel'," 5 July 2018 Akhtar understands that even though this is a captor/hostage relationship, over time that relationship can change so there is respect, curiosity and even chumminess. Christopher Arnott,, ""Invisible Hand" Has Fresh Urgency At TheaterWorks," 1 June 2018 How could the government know that their parents were not their captors? Avi Selk,, "'I wanted to stop her crying': The image of a migrant child that broke a photographer's heart," 20 June 2018 Grinberg had survived the Kovno ghetto and the forced labor camps around Dachau partly because his captors allowed him to act as a physician. Emanuella Grinberg, Smithsonian, "When a Bavarian Monastery Provided a Home to Jewish Refugees," 11 July 2018 As Nick tries to dig his way through a wall with that purloined nail clipper while his captors sleep, shafts of moonlight stab through the single, barred window of his cell, casting long shadows across the floor. Andrea Simakis,, "Ayad Akhtar's hostage drama 'The Invisible Hand' at Cleveland Play House: There will be blood, on all sides (review)," 28 Feb. 2018 Police say the girls got away from their captors, and their mother and stepfather rushed them to a hospital to be examined. CBS News, "Police seeking 2 women seen with suspect in teen sisters' rape," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of captor

circa 1688, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for captor

Late Latin, from Latin capere

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The first known use of captor was circa 1688

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English Language Learners Definition of captor

: someone who has captured a person and is keeping that person as a prisoner


cap·​tor | \ˈkap-tər \

Kids Definition of captor

: someone who has captured a person or thing

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