Someone who catches a person or animal and keeps them confined or imprisoned is a captor. Visiting the zoo, you might find yourself wondering if the lions see the zookeepers as friends or as captors.

The word captor sounds a little bit like capture, and it’s no coincidence — they’re both rooted in the Latin capere, “to take, hold, or seize.” So if you capture a cricket and keep it in a little cage, you are its captor. And, when a police force captures a criminal and puts them in prison, the police become captors too. The original meaning of captor was actually “a censor.”

Definitions of captor
  1. noun

    a person who captures and holds people or animals

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    someone who releases people from captivity or bondage

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    abductor, kidnaper, kidnapper, snatcher

    someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom)

    a captor who uses surprise to capture the victim
    crimp, crimper

    someone who tricks or coerces men into service as sailors or soldiers
    seizer, shanghaier

    a kidnapper who drugs men and takes them for compulsory service aboard a ship
    type of:

    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

    a human being

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