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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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 Perhaps Jones saw something of her violent ex-husband in her new captor, Lavell Hardy. Jeff Maysh, Smithsonian, "The Counterfeit Queen of Soul," 28 June 2018 Barb gets a crash course in a foreign culture through her son’s captors, who have endured their share of loss and pain under the shah’s brutal regime. F. Kathleen Foley,, "'Hostage' at the Skylight Theatre: a shattering slice of the Iranian crisis," 12 June 2018 In 1962, Powers was swapped for Soviet spy Rudolf Abel (who, unlike Powers, never blabbed to his captors). Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘A Brotherhood of Spies’ and ‘Above and Beyond’ Review: When Spies Took to the Skies," 12 July 2018 His government captors put bombs in his throat and give him 24 hours to enter New York and rescue America’s president, who crash-landed there after a terrorist attack on Air Force One. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "10 subversive, dark American futures to stream on July 4th," 4 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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