1795, from capture (n.); in chess, checkers, etc., 1820. Related: Captured; capturing. Earlier verb in this sense was captive (early 15c.).
1540s, from Middle French capture "a taking," from Latin captura "a taking" (especially of animals), from captus (see captive).
capture cap·ture (kāp'chər)n. The act of catching, taking, or holding a particle or impulse.