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.
to enter (data) into a computer for processing or storage.
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.

1535–45; < Middle French < Latin captūra, equivalent to capt(us) taken (past participle of capere to take) + -ūra -ure

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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capture (ˈkæptʃə)
1.  to take prisoner or gain control over: to capture an enemy; to capture a town
2.  (in a game or contest) to win control or possession of: to capture a pawn in chess
3.  to succeed in representing or describing (something elusive): the artist captured her likeness
4.  physics (of an atom, molecule, ion, or nucleus) to acquire (an additional particle)
5.  to insert or transfer (data) into a computer
6.  the act of taking by force; seizure
7.  the person or thing captured; booty
8.  physics a process by which an atom, molecule, ion, or nucleus acquires an additional particle
9.  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
10.  the act or process of inserting or transferring data into a computer
[C16: from Latin captūra a catching, that which is caught, from capere to take]

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Word Origin & History

1540s, from M.Fr. capture "a taking," from L. captura "a taking," from captus (see captive). The verb is 1795; in chess, checkers, etc., 1820.
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capture cap·ture (kāp'chər)
The act of catching, taking, or holding a particle or impulse.

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Example sentences
Water condensation from the process is captured and used for irrigation.
He's captured everything from the sound of a slug biting into a leaf to
  butterfly wings beating against the air.
The tableau neatly captured the essence of this city in winter.
The difficulty of losing weight is captured in a new model commented.
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