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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 capturer
Historical Examples
  • The delay did not tend to soothe his capturer; and he administered a slight shake.

    Verner's Pride Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Search a patriot, a capturer of the tyrants' den, a man who has been exterminating aristocrats?

    The Countess of Charny Alexandre Dumas (pere)
  • In the Welsh legends the maid consents to wed her capturer, and remain with him until he strikes her with iron.

    Welsh Folk-Lore Elias Owen
  • All wise schools have agreed that this latter capture depends to some extent on the faith of the capturer.

    All Things Considered G. K. Chesterton
  • She feared that her capturer might take a fancy for roast fowl if he should see them.

  • My capturer was a boy, and as remarkable a specimen of a boy as it has ever been my lot to meet during the whole of my career.

  • Quivering as though inspired by a holy breath, the future capturer of the Serapis likewise retired.

    Balsamo, The Magician Alexander Dumas
British Dictionary definitions for capturer


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 capturer



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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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capturer in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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