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CAPTIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does captive mean? 

CAPTIVE (noun)
  The noun CAPTIVE has 3 senses:

1. a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war
2. an animal that is confined
3. a person held in the grip of a strong emotion or passion

  Familiarity information: CAPTIVE used as a noun is uncommon.


CAPTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective CAPTIVE has 2 senses:

1. in captivity
2. giving or marked by complete attention to

  Familiarity information: CAPTIVE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CAPTIVE (noun)


Sense 1captive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

captive; prisoner

Hypernyms ("captive" is a kind of...):

unfortunate; unfortunate person (a person who suffers misfortune)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "captive"):

con; convict; gaolbird; inmate; jail bird; jailbird; yard bird; yardbird (a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison)

detainee; political detainee (some held in custody)

hostage; surety (a prisoner who is held by one party to insure that another party will meet specified terms)

internee (a person who is interned)

political prisoner (someone who is imprisoned because of their political views)

POW; prisoner of war (a person who surrenders to (or is taken by) the enemy in time of war)


Sense 2captive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An animal that is confined

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("captive" is a kind of...):

animal; animate being; beast; brute; creature; fauna (a living organism characterized by voluntary movement)


Sense 3captive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("captive" is a kind of...):

emotional person (a person subject to strong states of emotion)


CAPTIVE (adjective)


Sense 1captive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In captivity

Synonyms:

captive; imprisoned; jailed; confined

Similar:

unfree (hampered and not free; not able to act at will)


Sense 2captive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Giving or marked by complete attention to

Synonyms:

absorbed; engrossed; intent; captive; wrapped; enwrapped

Context examples:

that engrossed look or rapt delight / then wrapped in dreams / so intent on this fantastic...narrative that she hardly stirred / rapt with wonder / wrapped in thought

Similar:

attentive ((often followed by 'to') giving care or attention)


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