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An example use of hostage in a speech by a native speaker of british english:
“… held hostage there's a very easy way for …”
Hostage is a person who is held by force or threat of force and is used as a guarantee for the safety of others.
the word hostage occurs in english on average 4.7 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.
it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that hostage can be often used in the following areas:
1) people, society, and culture;