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recapture

[ree-kap-cher] /riˈkæp tʃər/
verb (used with object), recaptured, recapturing.
1.
to capture again; recover by capture; retake.
2.
(of a government) to take by recapture.
3.
to recollect or reexperience (something past).
noun
4.
the recovery or retaking by capture.
5.
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.
6.
International Law. the lawful reacquisition of a former possession.
7.
the state or fact of being recaptured.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; re- + capture
Related forms
recapturable, adjective
unrecaptured, adjective
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  • 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

recapture

/riːˈkæptʃə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to capture or take again
2.
to recover, renew, or repeat (a lost or former ability, sensation, etc): she soon recaptured her high spirits
3.
(US) (of the government) to take lawfully (a proportion of the profits of a public-service undertaking)
noun
4.
the act of recapturing or fact of being recaptured
5.
(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
n.

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

v.

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

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