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Both sides have taken hundreds of people captive to boost the number of prisoners available for exchanges. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It is thought to have escaped from a captive breeding programme. Times, Sunday Times (2014)It was time to find a captive audience. The Sun (2006)The human rearing of captive animals is frowned upon because it can cause behavioural and breeding problems. Times, Sunday Times (2008)She told us once to pray for all prisoners and captives. The Railway Children (1906)China had been promoting its programme of captive breeding to signal its commitment to conservation. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Hitting on a captive audience is just creepy. Times, Sunday Times (2014)He also had a captive audience for all his poetry recitals and stories. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The hearts of war captives were the most esteemed gifts since they were won only at great expense and risk. Cultural Anthropology (1995)But appealing over the heads of oppressive regimes in support of their captive populations can have a powerful catalytic effect. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Why was there no captive breeding? Times, Sunday Times (2016)The terrified lovers try to leave, but he holds them captive. The Sun (2009)For the extravagant weeping of a starved, stunted and captive people was almost certainly genuine. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The captive populations of the Soviet bloc knew they were being fed lies by their official media. Times, Sunday Times (2016)They are attacking a people, a captive nation, and an historic civilisation. Times, Sunday Times (2012)
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British English: captive ADJECTIVE
A captive person or animal is being kept imprisoned or enclosed.
Her heart had begun to pound inside her chest like a captive animal.
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