[ US /ˈkæptɪv/ ]
[ UK /kˈæptɪv/ ]
  1. a person held in the grip of a strong emotion or passion
  2. a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war
  3. an animal that is confined
  1. being in captivity
  2. giving or marked by complete attention to
    wrapped in thought
    that engrossed look or rapt delight
    so intent on this fantastic...narrative that she hardly stirred
    enwrapped in dreams
    rapt with wonder
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How To Use captive In A Sentence

  • Other former captives spoke of pathetically inadequate food rations.
  • The lead found in captive condors and released condors with low levels in their blood had isotope ratios similar to lead found in dead livestock and wildlife that had not been killed by hunters.
  • This norm encourages people to add a lot of extraneous self-indulgent stuff because they see the guests as a captive audience.
  • Of the original twenty captive-bred maracanas that had arrived in Brazil, one had died and eight had been evacuated; this left eleven. SPIX'S MACAW: THE RACE TO SAVE THE WORLD'S RAREST BIRD
  • Save for the rifles, there appeared to be no difference between exhausted captive and wearied captor.
  • With the larger and more intelligent parrots in particular, one of the main issues in captive breeding is compatibility. SPIX'S MACAW: THE RACE TO SAVE THE WORLD'S RAREST BIRD
  • The bolt enters the skull and then retreats, and doesn't stay in the animal (thus the term captive). Iowa State Daily
  • The number of employees working in captive or in-house IT departments of user organisations which are non-IT firms, is around 280,000.
  • They listened, with eager attention, to the complaints of their captive children, who had suffered the most cruel indignities from the lustful or angry passions of their masters, and the same cruelties, the same indignities, were severely retaliated on the sons and daughters of the The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • An effort is now under way to establish a methodical breeding program in the hope of creating a healthy captive population.
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