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.

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Or captors can create an open duct from the bear’s gallbladder to its abdomen, allowing the bile to drip freely. National Geographic, "Bear bile, explained," 12 June 2019 Daily Show’-like comedy news program in Iraq, says he was kidnapped by al Qaeda and made his captors laugh. Don Steinberg, WSJ, "The Rules of Comedy in Iraq," 13 Feb. 2019 Children fathered by their Muslim captors posed a more complex challenge. Isabel Coles And, WSJ, "Nisreen’s Choice: Women Rescued From Islamic State Are Told to Leave Children Behind," 23 Aug. 2018 Eventually Benson, in true Nancy Drew style, overpowered one of her captors and escaped. Jennifer Fisher, Smithsonian, "The Adventurous Writer Who Brought Nancy Drew To Life," 2 July 2018 Zooey Deschanel is a lovingly understated vocalist, possessing a casual confidence that leant a sense of optimism to Belle — a handy trait in furthering to articulate Belle's curiosity into the history of her captor. Todd Martens,, "Hollywood Bowl's 'Beauty and the Beast' highlights the enduring power of the film's music," 27 May 2018 There is sly contempt for his captors, and a small smirk plays on his lips during a number of his scenes. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘Operation Finale’: Evil speaks in well-made Nazi drama," 28 Aug. 2018 Fowle has consistently said that he was treated well physically by his captors but suffered from not knowing what was happening with his family. Andrew Selsky,, "Previously released prisoners report harshness in N. Korea," 10 May 2018 Michael Obi was also kidnapped in 2011, when captors demanded $4 billion in ransom from Chelsea, the Premier League club where Mikel played at the time. Daniel Victor, New York Times, "Nigeria Captain Played Key World Cup Match Hours After Learning His Father Was Kidnapped," 3 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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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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