cap·​tor | \ ˈkap-tər How to pronounce captor (audio) , -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.
Recent Examples on the Web Neither the video nor the images disclosed the identities of his captors. Adam Goldman, New York Times, "Ex-F.B.I. Agent Who Vanished on C.I.A. Mission to Iran Is Likely Dead, U.S. Concludes," 25 Mar. 2020 After 21 months as an ISIS hostage, Foley was brutally murdered in 2014, in an execution filmed by his captors. Mustafa Karali, Time, "I Found Refuge in Turkey After Suffering in Syria's War. Now I Feel Like I Have to Leave for Europe," 7 Mar. 2020 The men were escorted to jail, and the outlaws and captors were joined by the marshal from Athens, as well as curious citizens. Kelly Kazek |, al, "The Alabama outlaw buried beneath the street," 30 Jan. 2020 Boko Haram has abducted an unknown number of women and girls like Balaraba to be brutalized, raped and forced into service by their captors. New York Times, "Boko Haram has dispatched hundreds of the women and girls kidnapped by its soldiers to carry out attacks.," 13 Mar. 2020 There’s an explosion at the construction site and Gloomy disappears — hidden by his captors in a hollow log floated out to a log raft. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "New Straley novel returns to Cold Storage, Alaska, and a post-war future," 8 Mar. 2020 These talents didn’t register on his captors, though, who judged al-Baghdadi to be a low-risk prisoner. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Is Dead. Where Does That Leave ISIS?," 29 Oct. 2019 Then the captors hung up, apparently hoping to ratchet up the pressure. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "‘I’m Kidnapped’: A Father’s Nightmare on the Border," 21 Dec. 2019 As foreign as the white captors who raped, brutalized and enslaved those same bodies. Jacqueline Woodson, New York Times, "Jacqueline Woodson on Africa, America and Slavery’s Fierce Undertow," 9 Dec. 2019

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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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“Captor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce captor (audio) \

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: someone who has captured a person or thing

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