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 Between the gator's captor, Smith and others, the group estimated this alligator was 80 to 100 years old, Smith said. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, 13 Sep. 2021 Our captor asked for a phone number for our driver. Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2021 At that time, sheriff's detectives received additional information about the minor's captor and obtained an arrest warrant for Thomas Anthony Morales, 23, of Indian Trail, as Fox 8 Greensboro first reported. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 17 Aug. 2021 After the captor laid on the ground, the DC supervillain managed to use her feet to get the key to the handcuffs from his pocket and used her core to unlock herself using her toes. Naledi Ushe,, 17 Aug. 2021 The youthful heroism smooths out the film's visceral and all-too-real nature as Bobby escapes and stealthily avoids his captor while trying to save the day. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 29 July 2021 Huskins says that her captor told her a bizarre story of being part of a criminal organization that included three other members. Sean Dooley, ABC News, 3 June 2021 Meanwhile, on a distant alien planet, Sara (Lotz) gets well-acquainted with her captor, Bishop (Raffi Barsoumian), who lets her in on his evil plan via an old-school presentation on a projector. Chancellor Agard,, 3 June 2021 The technique gives the film an elegiac, handmade quality that amplifies the reminiscences of elderly Auschwitz survivors who recall a Slovakian Jewish woman's shocking relationship with her SS captor. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 13 May 2021

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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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21 Sep 2021

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“Captor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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) \

Kids Definition of captor

: someone who has captured a person or thing


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