verb (used with object), hos·taged, hos·tag·ing.
- host computer,
- hostel school,
Origin of hostage
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.
Word Origin for hostage
late 13c., from Old French hostage "person given as security or hostage" (12c., Modern French ôtage), either from hoste "guest" (see host (n.1)) via notion of "a lodger held by a landlord as security," or from Late Latin obsidanus "condition of being held as security," from obses "hostage," from ob- "before" + base of sedere "to sit" [OED]. Modern political/terrorism sense is from 1970.