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captain

[ kap-tuh n, -tin ]
/ ˈkæp tən, -tɪn /
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noun

verb (used with object)

to lead or command as a captain.

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RELATED WORDS

executive, boss, commander, director, operator, officer, owner, pilot, leader, skipper, head, exec, skip, top, cap, authority, guide, royalty, master, mistress

Nearby words

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Origin of captain

1325–75; Middle English capitain < Anglo-French capitain, captayn < Late Latin capitāneus chief, equivalent to capit- (stem of caput) head + -ān(us) -an + -eus -eous
Related formssub·cap·tain, nounun·cap·tained, adjectiveun·der·cap·tain, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for captain

captain

/ (ˈkæptɪn) /

noun

verb

(tr) to be captain of
Derived Formscaptaincy or captainship, noun

Word Origin for captain

C14: from Old French capitaine, from Late Latin capitāneus chief, from Latin caput head
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