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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 uncaptured
Historical Examples
  • Elusive though she be, her lover must not leave her uncaptured.

    Browning's Heroines Ethel Colburn Mayne
  • His independence is but little better than that of an uncaptured brute.

  • Julian had loved her for her elusiveness, and the uncaptured does not yield readily to any appeal from the hunter.

    The Second Fiddle Phyllis Bottome
  • Though the buildings were speedily in flames, the defence was continued, and it remained throughout the day uncaptured.

    A History of England, Period III. Rev. J. Franck Bright
  • The uncaptured hand closed over hers, holding it tighter than she herself could hold.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
  • He was rather tired with writing, and had a mind to snare some of the yet uncaptured flock of her sympathies.

    The Children Alice Meynell
  • Their ardor was greatest, however, in assaulting some uncaptured summit; and several such fell before their conquering attack.

  • The first of these was that long siege which ruined Athens and left Syracuse uncaptured.

  • According to his information, there remained but one uncaptured of the British whalers which centered around the islands.

    Admiral Farragut A. T. Mahan
  • Once her rope rose, sailed forward and then dropped slack to the ground, the pony cantering on ahead undisturbed, and uncaptured.

British Dictionary definitions for uncaptured


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 uncaptured



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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uncaptured in Medicine

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

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