- the recovery or retaking by capture.
- the taking by the government of a fixed part of all earnings in excess of a certain percentage of property value, as in the case of a railroad.
- International Law. the lawful reacquisition of a former possession.
- the state or fact of being recaptured.
Origin of recapture
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Examples from the Web for recapture
My strategy was to bring in the people we never had, not try to recapture the people we lost to Reagan.The Unsung Heroism of Jesse Jackson
September 7, 2014
Before modernism, designers were almost trying to recapture the past.How Jews Created American Modernism
August 1, 2014
The protest at Recapture Canyon was non-violent, though there were guns present.How Cliven Bundy and the Land Rights Movement Screws Native Americans
May 14, 2014
On each of these privileged descents into Recapture, we walked and climbed down.The Idea of Public Land Means Nothing to Utah County Commissioner
May 6, 2014
Was it because your dad really liked those earlier sessions and wanted to recapture some of the magic?The Inside Story of Johnny Cash’s Legendary Lost LP, ‘Out Among the Stars’
March 18, 2014
Preventing his recapture, the mob bore him off to the Church of the Cerviti.The Life of Cesare Borgia
He burned now to be avenged, and at all costs he would ride after and recapture her.The Trampling of the Lilies
I still felt that there was a chance for us to recapture the ship.
Margaret sprang up and tried to recapture the cup which had just left her hand.Three Margarets
Laura E. Richards
Birdie and Godley are at work upon a scheme for its recapture.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2
- to capture or take again
- to recover, renew, or repeat (a lost or former ability, sensation, etc)she soon recaptured her high spirits
- US (of the government) to take lawfully (a proportion of the profits of a public-service undertaking)
- the act of recapturing or fact of being recaptured
- US the seizure by the government of a proportion of the profits of a public-service undertaking
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Word Origin and History for recapture
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