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[kap-ter] /ˈkæp tər/
a person who has captured a person or thing.
Origin of captor
1640-50; < Late Latin, equivalent to cap(ere) to take + -tor -tor Unabridged
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  • The groundwater is confined to flow along the dikes, until it finds a route where it can escape its captor.
  • Our soldier still thought it was a mistake, but gave up his carbine-sling, when his captor told him to go forward into the woods.
  • If you are talking about the protections that they could be provided, they can be provided by their captor.
British Dictionary definitions for captor


a person or animal that holds another captive
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from capere to take
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Word Origin and History for captor

1680s, from Latin captor "a catcher," agent noun from captus, past participle of capere "to take" (see capable). Earlier it meant "censor" (1640s). Fem. form captress recorded from 1867.

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