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[ree-kap-cher] /riˈkæp tʃər/
verb (used with object), recaptured, recapturing.
to capture again; recover by capture; retake.
(of a government) to take by recapture.
to recollect or reexperience (something past).
the recovery or retaking by capture.
the taking by the government of a fixed part of all earnings in excess of a certain percentage of property value, as in the case of a railroad.
International Law. the lawful reacquisition of a former possession.
the state or fact of being recaptured.
Origin of recapture
1745-55; re- + capture
Related forms
recapturable, adjective
unrecaptured, adjective Unabridged
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  • There is that core idea in his adventures that the past is mysterious, yet still dangerous, and worth trying to recapture.
  • The membrane insulates and covers the house, while permitting recapture of the water that falls on it.
  • There's probably some way to recapture that steam and reuse the water in further power generation.
  • If vibrations from sound would produce energy envelops of this fabric around machinery could recapture wasted energy.
  • Then maybe you can recapture some of the excitement and questions that accompany this monumental change.
  • He may not recapture the same pure sense of wonder he was born with, but he can shape something far more enduring and sustaining.
  • For that matter, you could blast the water free of the moons gravitational pull and then recapture it to make your shield.
  • We need to investigate properties of reverse waves to the extent of recharge and standing waves in capture and recapture.
  • Batteries let a car recapture braking energy that is normally lost through regenerative braking.
  • He couldn't recapture the loneliness and the idealism that had once been the source of his prodigious concentration.
British Dictionary definitions for recapture


verb (transitive)
to capture or take again
to recover, renew, or repeat (a lost or former ability, sensation, etc): she soon recaptured her high spirits
(US) (of the government) to take lawfully (a proportion of the profits of a public-service undertaking)
the act of recapturing or fact of being recaptured
(US) the seizure by the government of a proportion of the profits of a public-service undertaking
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Word Origin and History for recapture

1680s; see re- "back, again" + capture (n.).


1783, from re- "back, again" + capture (v.). Related: Recaptured; recapturing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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