hostage

01. The [hostages] were finally liberated by the police after 3 days.
02. The terrorists have said that they will begin killing the [hostages] at midnight if their demands are not met.
03. The Chicken-People of Jupiter are holding our astronauts [hostage], and will not release them until all the chicken restaurants on earth have been destroyed.
04. The bank manager and all the cashiers were taken [hostage] by the bank robbers.
05. In 1976, an Israeli commando squad rescued over 100 [hostages] being held by Palestinian terrorists who had hijacked a French airliner.
06. Canadian logging companies say they are [hostages] to the boycott which the environmental organization Greenpeace organized to protest clearcutting of old growth forest in this province.
07. The terrorists have been releasing their [hostages] one by one, and appear to be ready to compromise.
08. The guerrillas have released the old and sick among the [hostages], but say that they will kill the others unless the government withdraws its troops from the area, and frees a number of political prisoners.
09. In 1979, fifty Americans were taken [hostage] by student revolutionaries in Iran, and held for 444 days.
10. One of the police negotiators offered to take the place of a [hostage], but the terrorists refused.
11. The police don't want to attack the building where the terrorists are holding people, out of fear that some [hostages] may be killed in the attempt to free them.
12. The murder of Israeli athletes taken [hostage] during the Munich Olympics is the most terrible incident in the history of the Olympic Games.
13. In 1996, Chechen rebels seized some 2,000 [hostages] in a southern Russian town, and threatened to kill them if their demands were not met.
14. When one of his ship's boats was stolen, Captain Cook took a Hawaiian chief as [hostage] until the boat was returned.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.

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  • hostage — ► NOUN ▪ a person seized or held in order to induce others to comply with a demand or condition. ● a hostage to fortune Cf. ↑a hostage to fortune ORIGIN Old French, from Latin obsidatus the state of being a hostage , from obses hostage …   English terms dictionary

  • Hostage — Hos tage, n. [OE. hostage, OF. hostage, ostage, F. [^o]tage, LL. hostaticus, ostaticum, for hospitaticum, fr. L. hospes guest, host. The first meaning is, the state of a guest, hospitality; hence, the state of a hostage (treated as a guest); and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hostage — late 13c., from O.Fr. hostage person given as security or hostage (12c., Mod.Fr. ôtage), either from hoste guest (see HOST (Cf. host) (1)) via notion of a lodger held by a landlord as security, or from L.L. obsidanus condition of being held as… …   Etymology dictionary

  • hostage — I noun bond, captive, collateral, guarantee, internee, obses, pledge, political prisoner, prisoner, real security, security associated concepts: false imprisonment, kidnapping, ransom II index …   Law dictionary

  • hostage — [häs′tij] n. [ME < OFr < hoste: see HOST2] 1. a person given as a pledge, or taken prisoner as by an enemy or terrorist, until certain conditions are met 2. Obs. the state of being a hostage SYN. PLEDGE give hostages to fortune to get and… …   English World dictionary

  • hostage — pawn, *pledge, earnest, token Analogous words: surety, security, *guarantee, guaranty …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • hostage — [n] person held captive until captor’s demand is met captive, earnest, guaranty, pawn, pledge, prisoner, sacrificial lamb*, scapegoat*, security, surety, token, victim; concepts 359,423 Ant. captor …   New thesaurus

  • hostage — Hostage, voyez Ostage …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Hostage — A hostage is a person or entity which is held by a captor. The original definition meant that this was handed over by one of two belligerent parties to the other or seized as security for the carrying out of an agreement, or as a preventive… …   Wikipedia

  • hostage — [[t]hɒ̱stɪʤ[/t]] ♦♦ hostages 1) N COUNT A hostage is someone who has been captured by a person or organization and who may be killed or injured if people do not do what that person or organization demands. It is hopeful that two hostages will be… …   English dictionary

  • hostage */ — UK [ˈhɒstɪdʒ] / US [ˈhɑstɪdʒ] noun [countable] Word forms hostage : singular hostage plural hostages a person who is the prisoner of someone who threatens to kill them if they do not get what they want The President is making every effort to… …   English dictionary

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