how to pronounce captivity


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the above transcription of captivity is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

captivity is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of captivity in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… because it's in illegal captivity it's …”

meanings of captivity


  1. The state of being captive.
  2. A group of people/beings captive.
  3. The state or period of being imprisoned, confined, or enslaved.

captivity frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word captivity occurs in english on average 3.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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