|1.||a person or animal that is confined or restrained, esp a prisoner of war|
|2.||a person whose behaviour is dominated by some emotion: a captive of love|
|3.||held as prisoner|
|4.||held under restriction or control; confined: captive water held behind a dam|
|6.||unable by circumstances to avoid speeches, advertisements, etc (esp in the phrase captive audience)|
|[C14: from Latin captīvus, from capere to take]|
one taken in war. Captives were often treated with great cruelty and indignity (1 Kings 20:32; Josh. 10:24; Judg. 1:7; 2 Sam. 4:12; Judg. 8:7; 2 Sam. 12:31; 1 Chr. 20:3). When a city was taken by assault, all the men were slain, and the women and children carried away captive and sold as slaves (Isa. 20; 47:3; 2 Chr. 28:9-15; Ps. 44:12; Joel 3:3), and exposed to the most cruel treatment (Nah. 3:10; Zech. 14:2; Esther 3:13; 2 Kings 8:12; Isa. 13:16, 18). Captives were sometimes carried away into foreign countries, as was the case with the Jews (Jer. 20:5; 39:9, 10; 40:7).