Definition of captor in English:



  • A person that catches or confines another.

    ‘he managed to escape from his captors two nights later’
    • ‘Many of the orange jumpsuit-clad detainees fight their captors at every opportunity.’
    • ‘One of the first to try and escape amid the explosions and gun fire, her captors had turned their guns on her and cut her down as she fled.’
    • ‘Fighting in both world wars, she battled on after being injured by a bomb and even escaped from her German captors.’
    • ‘Acting on instinct, Mac threw back her fist and caught her captor right in the nose.’
    • ‘Spectacularly, he is thrown by his captors over the side of the bridge and caught to dangle on his ropes and chains in mid air.’
    • ‘The woman managed to escape when her captor was distracted and spent more than four hours hiding in scrub as he searched for her with a torch and dog.’
    • ‘The result is that the detainees are exploiting this asymmetry to run rings round their captors.’
    • ‘You want to win the respect of your captors, so they drop their guard.’
    • ‘It seemed so easy to just escape from her captors, more so than any previous attempt at her imprisoning.’
    • ‘More than 30 of them have been killed by their captors, but several have been released or have managed to escape.’
    • ‘After some hours, his captors relaxed and said that he would be released in the morning.’
    • ‘It was impossible for her to escape from her captor, who seemed to have arms made of steel.’
    • ‘This seemed to catch their captor by surprise, but he quickly regained his composure.’
    • ‘Again, during the journey, my mind turned to the movies, and how to escape your captor, should the need arise.’
    • ‘I only hope that wherever it is now, if it is caught again, that the captor gives it its freedom.’
    • ‘I only hope he can escape his captors so that we can remember his further exploits.’
    • ‘The children escaped from their captors and returned home some months later.’
    • ‘Some, it is understood, rose up against their captors in a desperate attempt to prevent the threatened carnage.’
    • ‘He frustrated and defied them at every turn and encouraged other captors to do the same.’
    • ‘A new video shows what captors claim to be an American man with his hands behind his back.’
    jailer, guard, incarcerator, custodian, keeper, enslaver
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Mid 16th century: from Latin, from capt- seized, taken, from the verb capere.