From King Dictionary of Contemporary English captivity cap‧tiv‧i‧ty / kæpˈtɪvəti / noun [uncountable ] KEEP somebody IN A PLACE when a person or animal is kept in a prison, etc and not allowed to go where they want cage OPP freedom The hostages were released from captivity. in captivity animals bred in captivity Examples from the Corpus captivity • In his autobiography, Mandela describes his life during captivity. • Both these birds may have escaped from captivity. • James was released from captivity but not from his nobles' displeasure, incited largely by the scheming Red Douglas family. • Wilson was released from captivity just before the end of the war. • One young man of John's age wrote to say that the pointlessness of his captivity had struck a chord with him. • To do so you would have to keep careful pedigree records of caddises bred in captivity, and breeding them is difficult. • The industrialist, who was captured on November 24th, was freed after 84 days in captivity. • In the ocean they live to be 40, double their normal life expectancy in captivity. • Folkes says that he was held in captivity for over a year. • Medicinal leeches in captivity can live for many years, but nobody in my local hospital knows precisely how long. • The hostages are now entering their fourth week in captivity. • These fishes eat well in captivity, but it may take a little coaxing to get them started. • In his book, he describes what life was like during his long captivity. in captivity • Many animals do not breed well in captivity.