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noun [countable]     hostage pronunciation in American English
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  1. 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 obtain the release of the hostages.

    take someone hostage:

    Six visiting businessmen were taken hostage by rebel groups.

    hold someone hostage:

    A prison librarian held hostage for 13 hours has been freed.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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