from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One, such as a prisoner of war, who is forcibly confined, subjugated, or enslaved.
- n. One held in the grip of a strong emotion or passion.
- adj. Taken and held prisoner, as in war.
- adj. Held in bondage; enslaved.
- adj. Kept under restraint or control; confined: captive birds.
- adj. Restrained by circumstances that prevent free choice: a captive audience; a captive market.
- adj. Enraptured, as by beauty; captivated.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a person who has been captured or is otherwise confined
- n. a person held prisoner
- adj. held prisoner; not free; confined
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A prisoner taken by force or stratagem, esp., by an enemy, in war; one kept in bondage or in the power of another.
- n. One charmed or subdued by beaty, excellence, or affection; one who is captivated.
- adj. Made prisoner, especially in war; held in bondage or in confinement.
- adj. Subdued by love; charmed; captivated.
- adj. Of or pertaining to bondage or confinement; serving to confine.
- transitive v. To take prisoner; to capture.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Made prisoner, as in war; kept in bondage or confinement.
- Bound or held by other than physical means, as by the ties of love or other passion; captivated.
- Holding in confinement: as, captive chains.
- n. One who is taken prisoner, especially a prisoner taken in war by an enemy; one taken and kept in confinement.
- n. Figuratively, one who is charmed or subdued by beauty or excellence, by the lower passions of his own nature, or by the wiles of others; one whose affections are seized, or who is held by strong ties of love or any other passion.
- n. Synonyms Prisoner, Captive. The word prisoner emphasizes the idea of restraint of liberty, but is not rhetorical or especially associated with feeling: the prisoner of war and the prisoner for crime may be shut up in a prison, kept by guards within defined limits, or given a restricted liberty on parole. The word captive suggests being completely in the power of another, whether confined or not; it has come to be a rhetorical word, suggesting helplessness and resulting unhappiness. Captured soldiers under guard are strictly prisoners, but are often and properly called captives. When we speak of a captive bird, we suggest its longing for liberty. The rights and interests of a prisoner are likely to be respected, but the captive may be abused or even sometimes sold into slavery. See captivity.
- To make captive; bring into subjection.
- To captivate; insnare.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. giving or marked by complete attention to
- adj. being in captivity
- n. a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war
- n. an animal that is confined
- n. a person held in the grip of a strong emotion or passion
Middle English captif, from Old French, from Latin captīvus, from captus, past participle of capere, to seize; see kap- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ultimately from Latin captivus. (Wiktionary)