- a prisoner.
- a person who is enslaved or dominated; slave: He is the captive of his own fears.
- made or held prisoner, especially in war: captive troops.
- kept in confinement or restraint: captive animals.
- enslaved by love, beauty, etc.; captivated: her captive beau.
- of or relating to a captive.
- 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.
- a person or animal that is confined or restrained, esp a prisoner of war
- a person whose behaviour is dominated by some emotiona captive of love
- held as prisoner
- held under restriction or control; confinedcaptive water held behind a dam
- captivated; enraptured
- unable by circumstances to avoid speeches, advertisements, etc (esp in the phrase captive audience)
late 14c., “imprisoned, enslaved,” from Latin captivus “caught, taken prisoner,” from captus, past participle of capere “to take, hold, seize” (see capable). As a noun from c.1400; an Old English noun was hæftling, from hæft “taken, seized.”