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[ kap-cher ]

verb (used with object)

, cap·tured, cap·tur·ing.
  1. to take by force or stratagem; take prisoner; seize:

    The police captured the burglar.

    Synonyms: nab, grab, apprehend, snare, arrest, catch

    Antonyms: release

  2. 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.

  3. to take possession of, as in a game or contest:

    to capture a pawn in chess.

  4. to represent or record in lasting form:

    The movie succeeded in capturing the atmosphere of Berlin in the 1930s.

  5. Computers.
    1. to enter (data) into a computer for processing or storage.
    2. to record (data) in preparation for such entry.


  1. the act of capturing.

    Synonyms: apprehension, arrest, seizure

    Antonyms: release

  2. the thing or person captured.
  3. Physics. the process in which an atomic or nuclear system acquires an additional particle.
  4. Crystallography. substitution in a crystal lattice of a trace element for an element of lower valence.


/ ˈkæptʃə /


  1. to take prisoner or gain control over

    to capture a town

    to capture an enemy

  2. (in a game or contest) to win control or possession of

    to capture a pawn in chess

  3. to succeed in representing or describing (something elusive)

    the artist captured her likeness

  4. physics (of an atom, molecule, ion, or nucleus) to acquire (an additional particle)
  5. to insert or transfer (data) into a computer


  1. the act of taking by force; seizure
  2. the person or thing captured; booty
  3. physics a process by which an atom, molecule, ion, or nucleus acquires an additional particle
  4. Also calledpiracy geography the process by which the headwaters of one river are diverted into another through erosion caused by the second river's tributaries
  5. the act or process of inserting or transferring data into a computer

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Derived Forms

  • ˈcapturer, noun

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Other Words From

  • captur·a·ble adjective
  • captur·er noun
  • pre·capture adjective verb (used with object) precaptured precapturing
  • un·captur·a·ble adjective
  • un·captured adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of capture1

First recorded in 1535–45; from Middle French, from Latin captūra, equivalent to capt(us) “taken” (past participle of capere “to take”) + -ūra -ure

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Word History and Origins

Origin of capture1

C16: from Latin captūra a catching, that which is caught, from capere to take

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Example Sentences

The chances of capture were too slim, the potential payoffs too high.

Maybe a new wetlands project or a big carbon scoop in the sky, called direct-air capture technology, which theoretically sucks carbon out of the atmosphere.

Abt Associates of Rockville appointed Matthew Strobl vice president for data capture strategies and innovation.

The image capture isn’t the only place where speed has improved.

A year ago, Microsoft announced plans to create a $1 billion fund for “carbon reduction, capture, and removal technologies,” as it looks to cancel out its entire historic emissions.

Nor does the jet have the ability to capture high-definition video, utilize an infra-red pointer.

Thankfully, someone was there to capture this “jit going ham,” as the cameraman put it.

Family members say he developed also liver cancer after his capture.

Next to the house is the site where Ziad began building a home for his family before his capture.

Morales made his way to Mexico, where an effort to capture him led to a shootout, which ended with a local cop being killed.

Then, if you gentlemen are successful here, and capture Fulton and Jefferson City, our brightest hopes will be fulfilled.

The events which succeeded this fortunate capture are too well known to require more than a very brief recapitulation.

It was a very dangerous one, too, and sometimes lives were sacrificed in his efforts to capture or to kill this fierce wild beast.

Altogether, we spent five consecutive days hovering around that collection of law-enforcers, in imminent risk of capture.

The capture of Independence greatly elated the guerrillas, and recruits came pouring in by the hundreds.





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