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
He captures all the different issues a president deals with and moves from one to the next.
Nothing captures the exuberance and sensory experience of Havana quite like this.
Then I read aloud from something that captures the Holiday Spirit.
He captures Ramone and his second wife, Barbara, together in the studio in one photo, him on bass, her on guitar.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings | Melissa Leon | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
No one doubts that these comedians will be killed if ISIS captures them.
His first idea is to seek wealth, so he builds a great boat and captures twelve hundred tunny fish.Frdric Mistral | Charles Alfred Downer
There were some captures of cotton going out, and others of supplies going in, but the losses were for a long time inconsiderable.The Supplies for the Confederate Army | Caleb Huse
Yes, you have done enough for one trip, and I should much regret were you to be deprived of any of your captures.A Roving Commission | G. A. Henty
Frequently I would go out spearing and netting fish, my principal captures being mullet.The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont | Louis de Rougemont
He captures a town which the king had besieged for three months without success.Witch, Warlock, and Magician | William Henry Davenport Adams
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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