Examples of hostage in a Sentence
The terrorists demanded a plane and a pilot in exchange for the hostages.
The hostage crisis is now entering its second week.
The passengers were taken hostage.
They were held hostage for several days.
Recent Examples of hostage from the Web
About 100 students from Chibok are still held hostage.
Iran is already emulating North Korea by using Hezbollah’s missiles to hold Israeli cities hostage.
Now, instead of just being burglars, the women find themselves with a hostage.
The Washington Post reports that Doris Rucker Wasden was held by an armed hostage in her home after the suspect fled a nearby shooting.
Ironically, when the deal was announced, the families of more than a dozen Americans attacked or held hostage by Iranian proxies were outraged.
Counted among the victims were four U.S. birders, including my friend Tom Fiore of New York City, who was kidnapped and held hostage by rebels seeking millions of dollars in ransom in 1998.
James Foley was killed on Aug. 19, 2014, after being held hostage for several months.
Trump’s stock-market boasts came back to haunt him this week, a reminder that betting on such trends’ continuing makes the GOP a hostage to fortune.
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Origin and Etymology of hostage
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of hostage for English Language Learners
: a person who is captured by someone who demands that certain things be done before the captured person is freed
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