verb (used with object), hos·taged, hos·tag·ing.
Origin of hostage
Related formshos·tage·ship, noun
Examples from the Web for hostage
They took cover inside a print works to the north east of Paris, where they held a member of staff as a hostage.
Two hostages are dead and 15 others free after an Islamic radical took them hostage before police killed him.
ISIS continues to hold one more American hostage, a 26-year-old female aid worker.
One hostage died en route, the Journal reported, while the other died on the operating table.
There was a man who said his boyfriend was holding him hostage with a gun.Sex, Suicide, and Homework: The Secret World of the Telephone Hotline|Tim Teeman|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On the 23d June, the king sent at midnight for our baas to come to wait upon him, sending a noble as his hostage.
Yet despite her status as hostage and Earthwoman, she was afraid.The Women-Stealers of Thrayx|Fox B. Holden
We sent to them a man as a hostage and mark of peace, and they made signs to him from a distance to put down his arms.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XXXI, 1640|Diego Aduarte
Up to the time of the revolution, Canada had been a hostage, and England felt that she could at no time afford a rupture with us.Philip Dru: Administrator|Edward Mandell House
The Code expressly reserves the right of ‘naming’ this hostage to the debtor himself.