Definitions for captiveˈkæp tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cap•tiveˈkæp tɪv(n.)

  1. a prisoner.

  2. a person who is enslaved or dominated:

    a captive of one's own fears.

  3. (adj.)made or held prisoner, esp. in war.

  4. kept in confinement or restraint:

    captive animals.

  5. enslaved by love, beauty, etc.; captivated.

  6. unable to avoid listening or attending to something:

    a captive audience.

Origin of captive:

1300–50; ME (< MF) < L captīvus=capt(us), ptp. of capere to take +-īvus -ive

Princeton's WordNet

  1. prisoner, captive(noun)

    a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war

  2. captive(noun)

    an animal that is confined

  3. captive(adj)

    a person held in the grip of a strong emotion or passion

  4. captive, confined, imprisoned, jailed(adj)

    being in captivity

  5. captive, absorbed, engrossed, enwrapped, intent, wrapped(adj)

    giving or marked by complete attention to

    "that engrossed look or rapt delight"; "then wrapped in dreams"; "so intent on this fantastic...narrative that she hardly stirred"- Walter de la Mare; "rapt with wonder"; "wrapped in thought"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. captive(adjective)ˈkæp tɪv

    held as a prisoner, in cage etc.

    taken captive by insurgents; a captive bird

  2. captiveˈkæp tɪv

    people forced to pay attention to sth

    Subway advertising has a captive audience.

  3. captive(noun)ˈkæp tɪv

    sb kept by force in a place; = prisoner


  1. captive(Noun)

    a person who has been captured or is otherwise confined

  2. captive(Noun)

    a person held prisoner

  3. captive(Adjective)

    held prisoner; not free; confined

  4. Origin: Ultimately from captivus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Captive(noun)

    a prisoner taken by force or stratagem, esp., by an enemy, in war; one kept in bondage or in the power of another

  2. Captive(noun)

    one charmed or subdued by beaty, excellence, or affection; one who is captivated

  3. Captive(adj)

    made prisoner, especially in war; held in bondage or in confinement

  4. Captive(adj)

    subdued by love; charmed; captivated

  5. Captive(adj)

    of or pertaining to bondage or confinement; serving to confine; as, captive chains; captive hours

  6. Captive(verb)

    to take prisoner; to capture


  1. Captive

    Captive is a science fiction role-playing video game released by Mindscape in 1990. A Dungeon Master "clone", it featured pseudo 3D realtime graphics from a first-person perspective. The player characters are androids operated remotely by a prisoner trying to free himself. The player assumes the role of the prisoner, and the game involves visiting and destroying a series of bases on different planets. It was released on Amiga, Atari ST and PC platforms.

Translations for captive

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


kept prisoner

captive soldiers; The children were taken/held captive.

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