- 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.
Origin of capture
Synonyms for captureSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Antonyms for capture
Related Words for captureapprehension, taking, imprisonment, confiscation, seizure, arrest, abduction, occupation, secure, occupy, apprehend, trap, seize, snatch, conquer, take, catch, grab, acquirement, sweep
Examples from the Web for capture
Contemporary Examples of capture
Nor does the jet have the ability to capture high-definition video, utilize an infra-red pointer.Pentagon Misfires in Stealth Jet Scandal
January 8, 2015
Thankfully, someone was there to capture this “jit going ham,” as the cameraman put it.Slow Motion Tiger Jump, a Tornado at the Rose Bowl and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
January 4, 2015
Family members say he developed also liver cancer after his capture.Final Chapter for Accused Africa Bomber
January 4, 2015
Next to the house is the site where Ziad began building a home for his family before his capture.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
Morales made his way to Mexico, where an effort to capture him led to a shootout, which ended with a local cop being killed.Cuba Protects America’s Most Wanted
December 18, 2014
Historical Examples of capture
To prevent this, they were planning the capture of Beauséjour.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
It now becomes my aim today to lay siege to this town and capture it.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
One would think it was a big handicap you meant to capture this morning.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Generally death was the least penalty that capture entailed.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
I told them of the shooting and capture of Paris and the death of Eisenlord.In the Valley
- to take prisoner or gain control overto capture an enemy; to capture a town
- (in a game or contest) to win control or possession ofto 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
Word Origin for capture
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.).
- The act of catching, taking, or holding a particle or impulse.