captive: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (kap'tiv), [key]
— n.
  1. a prisoner.
  2. a person who is enslaved or dominated; slave: He is the captive of his own fears.
  1. made or held prisoner, esp. in war: captive troops.
  2. kept in confinement or restraint: captive animals.
  3. enslaved by love, beauty, etc.; captivated: her captive beau.
  4. of or pertaining to a captive.
  5. managed as an affiliate or subsidiary of a corporation and operated almost exclusively for the use or needs of the parent corporation rather than independently for the general public: a captive shop; a captive mine.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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