Pronunciation: (hos'tij), [key]
—n., v., -taged, -tag•ing.
1. a person given or held as security for the fulfillment of certain conditions or terms, promises, etc., by another.
2. Archaic.a security or pledge.
3. Obs.the condition of a hostage.
to give (someone) as a hostage: He was hostaged to the Indians.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.