Definitions for: Captive


[n] an animal that is confined
[n] a person held in the grip of a strong emotion or passion
[n] a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war
[adj] in captivity
[adj] deeply moved; "sat completely still, enraptured by the music"; "listened with rapt admiration"; "rapt in reverie"



Webster (1913) Definition: Cap"tive, n. [L. captivus, fr. capere to take: cf. F.
captif. See Caitiff.]
1. A prisoner taken by force or stratagem, esp., by an enemy,
in war; one kept in bondage or in the power of another.

Then, when I am thy captive, talk of chains.
--Milton.

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


Cap"tive, a.
1. Made prisoner, especially in war; held in bondage or in
confinement.

A poor, miserable, captive thrall. --Milton.

2. Subdued by love; charmed; captivated.

Even in so short a space, my wonan's heart Grossly
grew captive to his honey words. --Shak.

3. Of or pertaining to bondage or confinement; serving to
confine; as, captive chains; captive hours.


Cap"tive, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Captived; p. pr. & vb.
n. Captiving.]
To take prisoner; to capture.

Their inhabitans slaughtered and captived. --Burke.

Synonyms: confined, enraptured, imprisoned, jailed, moved(p), prisoner, rapt, unfree

See Also: animal, animate being, beast, brute, con, convict, creature, detainee, emotional person, fauna, gaolbird, hostage, inmate, internee, jailbird, political detainee, political prisoner, POW, prisoner of war, surety, unfortunate, unfortunate person

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