Definition of 'hostage'
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The bombers agreed to release the hostages in exchange for safe passage. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It was reported that the group had been taken hostage. The Sun (2016)The guerrillas released a hostage on Monday and promised that two more would be released before the talks. Times, Sunday Times (2016)They have taken us hostage. Times, Sunday Times (2016)You'll know what it's like to be in a hostage situation. The Sun (2016)It may be more of an exchange of hostages than a leap for freedom. Times, Sunday Times (2007)He may thereby speed the integration of the two companies but has given a hostage to fortune. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Survivors told of their horror as the group took over the venue and held people hostage. The Sun (2015)He is not killing foreign hostages to keep us away. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Why would they take a hostage when there were no police outside the door? Times, Sunday Times (2010)The other five hostages had been released earlier in the siege. Times, Sunday Times (2008)But the most alarming moment comes with a hostage situation. The Sun (2013)But the crisis soon becomes a life or death battle for one hostage. The Sun (2014)The group is known to have been holding at least a dozen western hostages. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Australian cricketers take no prisoners but they do give hostages to fortune. Times, Sunday Times (2011)At least a dozen people were taken hostage. Times, Sunday Times (2015)This is a vicious man who was prepared to take hostages and spill blood if necessary. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The victims are forced into their own car and held hostage while the gang use their cards in cash machines and shops. The Sun (2012)What's the secret to success as a hostage negotiator? Christianity Today (2000)Met Police hostage negotiators also gave support. The Sun (2006)None of this is reassuring for British or American hostages. Times, Sunday Times (2014)
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Translations for 'hostage'
British English: hostage /ˈhɒstɪdʒ/ NOUN
A hostage is someone who has been captured by a person or organization and who may be killed or injured if people do not do what that person or organization demands.
It is hopeful that two hostages will be freed in the next few days.
- American English: hostage
- Arabic: رَهِينَةٌ
- Brazilian Portuguese: refém
- Chinese: 人质
- Croatian: talac
- Czech: rukojmí
- Danish: gidsel
- Dutch: gijzelaar
- European Spanish: rehén
- Finnish: panttivanki
- French: otage
- German: Geisel
- Greek: όμηρος
- Italian: ostaggio
- Japanese: 人質
- Korean: 인질
- Norwegian: gissel
- Polish: zakładnik
- European Portuguese: refém
- Romanian: ostatic
- Russian: заложник
- Spanish: rehén
- Swedish: gisslan
- Thai: ตัวประกัน
- Turkish: rehine
- Ukrainian: заручник
- Vietnamese: con tin
Definition of hostage from the Collins English Dictionary
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