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Noun hostage has 1 sense
  1. hostage, surety - a prisoner who is held by one party to insure that another party will meet specified terms
    --1 is a kind of prisoner, captive

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Sense 1: A person held captive by another, often for political or monetary purposes.

Usage: The terrorists demanded a ransom for the release of the hostages.

Sample sentence: The government sent negotiators to secure the safe release of the hostages.


Sense 2: Someone or something that is under the control or influence of another.

Usage: She felt like a hostage in her own home, unable to leave due to her controlling partner.

Sample sentence: The company became a hostage to their financial circumstances and had to cut costs drastically.

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