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 The married lawyers and their renegade captor were on a collision course with Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) and his trusty-crusty lieutenant Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks). Darren Franich,, 12 Aug. 2022 But after the beautiful, brainy villager Belle takes her father’s place as the Beast’s prisoner, her captor behaves so badly that true love seems highly unlikely. Christine Dolen, Sun Sentinel, 10 Aug. 2022 That moment of desperation, as Stitch grapples with the finality of his captor's statement, struck me instantly. Christian Holub,, 21 June 2022 The strap of a rifle carried by one captor has a small yellow section, the other main color used to signify Ukrainian allegiance. Joyce Sohyun Lee, Jon Swaine And Miriam Berger, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Mar. 2022 Regardless of payoff, however, they’re seldom seen alive again, because this sadistic, psychotic captor has a harrowing fondness for the machete that seldom leaves his hand. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 3 June 2022 This time, the captor was none other than The Dance Cartel, Ani Taj’s dynamic dance company that specializes in seizing the moment. Kwasi Boadi, Rolling Stone, 23 May 2022 With limited essentials and alone in the desert with her captor, desperation for survival takes hold as Elly risks her life to escape from his clutches before the trip turns deadly. Travis Bean, Forbes, 13 May 2022 An investigation into Steven's reappearance uncovered that he was motivated to plan an escape after his captor abducted Timmy. Kyler Alvord,, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Captor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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