Questions about example sentences with, and the definition and usage of "Captive"

The meaning of "Captive" in various phrases and sentences

Q: What does To where you'd been held captive? mean?
A:captive is something that has been captured and can’t escape, like a prisoner of war or a panda in a zoo.so when asked "Where are you been held captive? ". This question would mean where(place) you are being held as a prisoner or hostage.
Q: What does captive mean?
A: We usually use "captive" to mean a prisoner.

But it is often used in conjunction with the word audience. A "captive audience" is a group of people who are forced to listen to something.

For example, if you were on an airplane, and the screen in your seat showed you advertisements, you would be a captive audience.

Example sentences using "Captive"

Q: Please show me example sentences with captive.
A: @zeliha_k the actor held their attention captive, the pirates attacked and took captives

Synonyms of "Captive" and their differences

Q: What is the difference between captives and prisoners ?
A: They both mean the same thing
Q: What is the difference between I'm held captive and I'm being held captive ?
A: The first sentence is in the present perfect tense, i.e., you're already captivated. The other one is in the present perfect continuous tense signifying that someone is yet captivating you.
Q: What is the difference between captive and captivity ?
A: A captive is someone who is being held in captivity.

So a captive is the person, whereas captivity is the situation.

We can also use the word in a poetic sense, as in something like:

"The audience was captivated by the powerful performance."

Here it has a positive meaning, but most of the time being captive is perceived in a negative sense, as in some person or animal is being held (in captivity) against their will.
Q: What is the difference between captive and prisoner ?
A: Their meanings are very close. But prisoner seems more official, if that makes sense. You would be held captive by a bank robber but held prisoner by a government. However, either word works just fine in either of these sentences.

Translations of "Captive"

Q: How do you say this in English (US)? captive
A: Check the question to view the answer
Q: How do you say this in English (UK)? How do you say when a criminal or captive is bound into chains..how do u say it in english in English (UK)?
A: Handcuffed ?

Other questions about "Captive"

Q: she is held captive
she's being held captive

what's the difference ?
A: thank you!
in past how'd it be
she was held captive
she was being held captive
Q: captive / held captive / hostage = what is the difference?

she was held captive / she is held captive / she being held captive - what are the tenses?

she was hostage / she was held hostage

please help me to understand it more better

A: A hostage is always a captive, but a captive is not always a hostage.
A hostage is held as leverage for something else, while a captive is just being held. For example, a prisoner of war is a captive.
Q: "Either by being killed or taken captive the Empire lost four and forty thousand men at the Battle of Brenna." This clearly refers to 44000 and not 40004, but why? Is it just an obsolete expression?
A: Yes it is archaic. However, my mother always said "It's five and twenty past eight" for 8:25 and "It's five and twenty to nine" for 8:35...
Q: 1.we are keeping them captive now
2.I am being kept captive now Does this sound natural?
A: 1 we are keeping them captive
2 i am being kept captive
Q: They were sick, worn out, stuck, captive, tied down, blind, and deaf. The Lord went around healing them. Does this sound natural?
A: For the second sentence, use the infinitive for "healing"
So the sentence will sound like this "The Lord went around to heal them."

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