What does captive mean?

Definitions for captive
ˈkæp tɪvcap·tive

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word captive.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. prisoner, captivenoun

    a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war

  2. captivenoun

    an animal that is confined

  3. captiveadjective

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

  4. captive, confined, imprisoned, jailedadjective

    being in captivity

  5. captive, absorbed, engrossed, enwrapped, intent, wrappedadjective

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. captivenoun

    a person who has been captured or is otherwise confined

    Etymology: Ultimately from captivus.

  2. captivenoun

    a person held prisoner

    Etymology: Ultimately from captivus.

  3. captiveadjective

    held prisoner; not free; confined

    Etymology: Ultimately from captivus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Captivenoun

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

    Etymology: [L. captivus, fr. capere to take: cf. F. captif. See Caitiff.]

  2. Captivenoun

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

    Etymology: [L. captivus, fr. capere to take: cf. F. captif. See Caitiff.]

  3. Captiveadjective

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

    Etymology: [L. captivus, fr. capere to take: cf. F. captif. See Caitiff.]

  4. Captiveadjective

    subdued by love; charmed; captivated

    Etymology: [L. captivus, fr. capere to take: cf. F. captif. See Caitiff.]

  5. Captiveadjective

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

    Etymology: [L. captivus, fr. capere to take: cf. F. captif. See Caitiff.]

  6. Captiveverb

    to take prisoner; to capture

    Etymology: [L. captivus, fr. capere to take: cf. F. captif. See Caitiff.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Captive

    kap′tiv, n. one taken: a prisoner of war: one kept in bondage.—adj. taken, or kept prisoner in war; charmed or subdued by anything.—ns. Cap′tivaunce (Spens.), captivity; Captiv′ity; Cap′tor, one who takes a prisoner or a prize; Cap′ture, the act of taking: the thing taken: an arrest.—v.t. to take as a prize: to take by force. [L. captivuscapĕre, captum.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. captive

    A prisoner of war.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. captive

    A prisoner taken by force or stratagem in war, by an enemy; made prisoner, especially in war; kept in bondage or confinement.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of captive in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of captive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of captive in a Sentence

  1. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    If the universe has an end, it means we are captive fishes in an aquarium! If it has no end, we are lost sheep in the eternal darkness!

  2. John Cantlie:

    When you are held captive, you've got a blindfold on, you've got a guy sticking a gun in your head, it is very real. It was inferred that we would meet our God, were we ready to meet God, that we had sown the seeds of our own destruction, the imagination can run riot.

  3. Saadi Shirazi:

    Wickedness, by whomsoever committed, is odious, but most of all in men of learning; for learning is the weapon with which Satan is combated, and when a man is made captive with arms in his hand his shame is more excessive.

  4. Craig Hoover:

    It’s not necessarily all that is considered, there may have been an education component, an outreach component, a captive breeding component.

  5. Kevin Cramer:

    But at the end of the day, there are two things. One is my conscience is captive to God, and my oath is to the Constitution of the United States.

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