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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.



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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