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1    a person given to or held by a person, organization, etc., as a security or pledge or for ransom, release, exchange for prisoners, etc.  
2    the state of being held as a hostage  
3    any security or pledge  
4    give hostages to fortune   to place oneself in a position in which misfortune may strike through the loss of what one values most  
     (C13: from Old French, from hoste guest, host1)  
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hosta, host, hostel, hostie

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