• WordNet 3.6
    • adj captive giving or marked by complete attention to "that engrossed look or rapt delight","then wrapped in dreams","so intent on this fantastic...narrative that she hardly stirred"- Walter de la Mare","rapt with wonder","wrapped in thought"
    • adj captive being in captivity
    • n captive an animal that is confined
    • n captive a person held in the grip of a strong emotion or passion
    • n captive a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Donkeys can live between 30 to 50 years in captivity
    • Captive 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."
    • Captive Made prisoner, especially in war; held in bondage or in confinement. "A poor, miserable, captive thrall."
    • Captive Of or pertaining to bondage or confinement; serving to confine; as, captive chains; captive hours.
    • Captive One charmed or subdued by beaty, excellence, or affection; one who is captivated.
    • Captive Subdued by love; charmed; captivated. "Even in so short a space, my wonan's heart
      Grossly grew captive to his honey words."
    • v. t Captive To take prisoner; to capture. "Their inhabitans slaughtered and captived ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cojo, the 1st gorilla born in captivity, was born at the Columbus Zoo, in Ohio, in 1956 and weighed 3 1/4 pounds.
    • captive Made prisoner, as in war; kept in bondage or confinement.
    • captive Bound or held by other than physical means, as by the ties of love or other passion; captivated.
    • captive Holding in confinement: as, captive chains.
    • n captive One who is taken prisoner, especially a prisoner taken in war by an enemy; one taken and kept in confinement.
    • n captive 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 captive 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.
    • captive To make captive; bring into subjection.
    • captive To captivate; insnare.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1st buffalo ever born in captivity was born at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo in 1884.
    • n Captive kap′tiv one taken: a prisoner of war: one kept in bondage
    • adj Captive taken, or kept prisoner in war; charmed or subdued by anything
    • v.t Captive to take as a prize: to take by force
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  • Walter Lippmann
    “We are all captives of the picture in our head -- our belief that the world we have experienced is the world that really exists.”
  • Rudyard Kipling
    “Take up the White Man's burden -- send forth the best ye breed -- go, bind your sons to exile to serve your captives need.”
  • Mark Caine
    Mark Caine
    “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”
  • Frank Herbert
    Frank Herbert
    “Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.”
  • Angelus Silesius
    Angelus Silesius
    “By the will art thou lost, by the will art thou found, by the will art thou free, captive, and bound.”
  • Ovid
    “Gifts, believe me, captivate both men and Gods, Jupiter himself was won over and appeased by gifts.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. captivus, fr. capere, to take: cf. F. captif,. See Caitiff


In literature:

The captive is provided with arms, and meets his opponents one by one.
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
With the girl's aid he used a length of kelp to secure the captive.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
Why, the old captivity was empire to our inglorious bondage.
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
Guy Flouncey at a country-house, and was fairly captivated by her.
"Tancred" by Benjamin Disraeli
Amalafrida herself was taken captive and shut up in prison, probably about the middle of 523.
"Theodoric the Goth" by Thomas Hodgkin
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
I could offer Diable in exchange for the Sioux captives.
"Lords of the North" by A. C. Laut
Here Erik met her in one of his wanderings, and was taken captive by her bold beauty.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 9 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The policeman stared at our giant captive who now was surrounded by the soldiers.
"The White Invaders" by Raymond King Cummings
The country itself held them securely captive.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton

In poetry:

And I bend the knee before her,
As a captive ought to bow,—
Pray thee, listen to my pleading,
Sovereign of my soul art thou!
"The Buried Flower" by William Edmondstoune Aytoun
“Well may I weep and make my moan,
Who am bond and captive here;
Well may I weep who lie alone,
Though May be waxen dear.”
"Love's Reward" by William Morris
"No wonder my son, so youthful,
Fixed his heart on one like thee;
For if I were a Prince of Dessau,
Willing captive I might be.
"The Prince Of Anhalt Dessau" by Nora Pembroke
THUS I lift the sash, so long
Shut against the flight of song;
All too late for vain excuse,--
Lo, my captive rhymes are loose.
"Opening The Window" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Our sins to thee us captive hale—
Ambitions, hatreds dire;
Cares, fears, and selfish loves that fail,
And sink us in the mire:
"The Woman In The Temple" by George MacDonald
Thus to the list'ning band she calls,
Nor fruitless her desire,
They lead her, panting, to the walls
That hold her captive sire.
"An American Tale" by Helen Maria Williams

In news:

A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival By Maziar Bahari with Aimee Molloy (Random House, 356 pp.
For 40 years of the last five kings, he served as God's spokesman before Judah was taken into captivity.
I am a nationally recognized expert in captive insurance, having authored the leading legal text in the field (U.
Brothers and other strangers ride The Darjeeling Limited, Wes Anderson's captivating road movie that views life as a Great Train of Being.
Rock music never captivated me in quite the same way, and honestly, rock didn't captivate a lot of the rest of the world, either.
Switch up the linens, wash the windows and liberate yourself from cold-weather captivity.
Visiting her grandma's home in rural Alabama one summer, a young mom and her two little kids were captivated by an old-fashioned iron relic.
US sculptor Robert Therrien?s Table And Four Chairs has captivated young and old alike at the Mac.
A True History of the Captivation, Transport to Strange Lands, & Deliverance of Hannah Guttentag.
Teen held captive in ' deplorable ' home.
Prosecutor says teen held captive in ' deplorable ' home.
"Splendors and Glooms" is a dark and captivating homage to Charles Dickens .
Laura Amy Schlitz's "Splendors and Glooms" is a dark and captivating homage to Charles Dickens .
It now numbers more than 1,600 after a network of zoos successfully reintroduced captive-born tamarins to the wild.
It doesn't get more captivating than the invincible Spurs against the near-impregnable Thunder.

In science:

So, this proposal is addressed to those who are open to inspect a different look at the structure of elementary particles and disposed to compare the two approaches, standing out of doctrinal captivity.
Nature and Quantization of the Proton Mass: An Electromagnetic Model
The geometry of curves has long captivated the interests of mathematicians, from the ancient Greeks through to the era of Isaac Newton (1647-1727) and the invention of the calculus.
Generalized Timelike Mannheim Curves in Minkowski space-time $E_1^4$
Finally as the issue involves lots of sensitive problems only fuzzy cognitive model alone can captivate the feelings and the inter relation between the attributes / problems.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
Some of the greatest performances can hold the listener’s ear captive, having the listener emotionally touched and intellectually stimulated.
Music in Terms of Science
Wilson, he tells us how George Pol´ya was captivated by Ramanujan’s formulas.
And free lunch for all...