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[kap-cher] /ˈkæp tʃər/
verb (used with object), captured, capturing.
to take by force or stratagem; take prisoner; seize:
The police captured the burglar.
to gain control of or exert influence over:
an ad that captured our attention; a TV show that captured 30% of the prime-time audience.
to take possession of, as in a game or contest:
to capture a pawn in chess.
to represent or record in lasting form:
The movie succeeded in capturing the atmosphere of Berlin in the 1930s.
  1. to enter (data) into a computer for processing or storage.
  2. to record (data) in preparation for such entry.
the act of capturing.
the thing or person captured.
Physics. the process in which an atomic or nuclear system acquires an additional particle.
Crystallography. substitution in a crystal lattice of a trace element for an element of lower valence.
Origin of capture
1535-45; < Middle French < Latin captūra, equivalent to capt(us) taken (past participle of capere to take) + -ūra -ure
Related forms
capturable, adjective
capturer, noun
precapture, adjective, verb (used with object), precaptured, precapturing.
uncapturable, adjective
uncaptured, adjective
1. catch, arrest, snare, apprehend, grab, nab. 6. seizure, arrest, apprehension.
1, 6. release. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for capture
  • But neither capture the complexity of what my teaching and intellectual life entails.
  • It takes a special scientist to capture huge crocs.
  • Excellent skills and amazing you were able to capture her so close.
  • Even though many nets are now equipped with devices to release the dolphins, the stress of capture alone may cause injury.
  • They considered marker-based motion-capture technology to capture the motions of the body and apply them to computer characters.
  • Even these days, to charm is to attract people and capture their attention-but no president wants to be.
  • In addition, the maneuver dubbed wake capture allows insects to utilize energy that would normally be lost.
  • We offer education and interpretive exhibits that capture these experiences.
  • Air bags in each seat sink and rise to capture the sensation of extreme acceleration.
  • It is far from clear that either experiment will capture its prize.
British Dictionary definitions for capture


verb (transitive)
to take prisoner or gain control over: to capture an enemy, to capture a town
(in a game or contest) to win control or possession of: to capture a pawn in chess
to succeed in representing or describing (something elusive): the artist captured her likeness
(physics) (of an atom, molecule, ion, or nucleus) to acquire (an additional particle)
to insert or transfer (data) into a computer
the act of taking by force; seizure
the person or thing captured; booty
(physics) a process by which an atom, molecule, ion, or nucleus acquires an additional particle
(geography) Also called piracy. the process by which the headwaters of one river are diverted into another through erosion caused by the second river's tributaries
the act or process of inserting or transferring data into a computer
Derived Forms
capturer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin captūra a catching, that which is caught, from capere to take
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Word Origin and History for capture

1540s, from Middle French capture "a taking," from Latin captura "a taking" (especially of animals), from captus (see captive).


1795, from capture (n.); in chess, checkers, etc., 1820. Related: Captured; capturing. Earlier verb in this sense was captive (early 15c.).

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capture in Medicine

capture cap·ture (kāp'chər)
The act of catching, taking, or holding a particle or impulse.

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