take (someone) prisoner

Definition of take (someone) prisoner

  1. :  to capture and make (someone) one's prisoner They took him prisoner. The pilot was shot down and taken prisoner.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  something that is taken:

    :  the amount of money received :  proceeds, receipts, income

    :  share, cut

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  a person deprived of liberty and kept under involuntary restraint, confinement, or custody

    :  one on trial or in prison

    :  someone restrained as if in prison

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