verb (used with object), cap·tured, cap·tur·ing.


Origin of capture

1535–45; < Middle French < Latin captūra, equivalent to capt(us) taken (past participle of capere to take) + -ūra -ure
Related formscap·tur·a·ble, adjectivecap·tur·er, nounpre·cap·ture, adjective, verb (used with object), pre·cap·tured, pre·cap·tur·ing.un·cap·tur·a·ble, adjectiveun·cap·tured, adjective

Synonyms for capture

Antonyms for capture

1, 6. release. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for capturer

Historical Examples of capturer

  • She feared that her capturer might take a fancy for roast fowl if he should see them.

  • 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)

  • 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

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for capturer


verb (tr)

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
Derived Formscapturer, noun

Word Origin for capture

C16: from Latin captūra a catching, that which is caught, from capere to take
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Word Origin and History for capturer



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).

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Medicine definitions for capturer




The act of catching, taking, or holding a particle or impulse.
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