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.
to enter (data) into a computer for processing or storage.
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.
- cap·tur·a·ble, adjective
- cap·tur·er, noun
- pre·cap·ture, adjective, verb (used with object), pre·cap·tured, pre·cap·tur·ing.
- un·cap·tur·a·ble, adjective
- un·cap·tured, adjective
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How to use capture in a sentence
The conductor (Bellpunchus familiaris) is readily capturable in this country.
British Dictionary definitions for capture
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
Also called: piracy geography 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
- capturer, noun
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