captain

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Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
captain

Plural
captains

  1. (countable) A captain is a rank in the army between lieutenant and major.
  2. (countable) A captain is a rank in the navy between commander and commodore.
  3. (countable) A captain is the person who is in charge of a ship or airplane.
    The captain is the last to abandon ship.
    The captain said to put on your seat belts because of turbulence.
  4. (countable) A captain is the person who makes all of the decisions on a sports' team.
  5. (countable) A captain is the leader of a group of workers.

Verb[change]

Plain form
captain

Third-person singular
captains

Past tense
captained

Past participle
captained

Present participle
captaining

  1. (intransitive) To act as a captain.
  2. (transitive) To be in command and use that command on a ship, airplane, or sports team.