[ kap-cher ]
/ ˈkæp tʃər /
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verb (used with object), cap·tured, cap·tur·ing.
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.
OTHER WORDS FOR capture
OPPOSITES FOR capture
1, 6 release.
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Origin of capture
1535–45; <Middle French <Latin captūra, equivalent to capt(us) taken (past participle of capere to take) + -ūra-ure
OTHER WORDS FROM capture
cap·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, adjective
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How to use capture in a sentence
For me, meeting Oscar de la Renta was one of those uncaptured but formative moments in my modeling career.How Oscar de la Renta Made Me a Supermodel|Karlie Kloss|March 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The uncaptured hand closed over hers, holding it tighter than she herself could hold.The Creators|May Sinclair
Their ardor was greatest, however, in assaulting some uncaptured summit; and several such fell before their conquering attack.A Midsummer Drive Through The Pyrenees|Edwin Asa Dix
If the place is uncaptured to-morrow morning, and your wires have gone right, the chief danger on this side will be past.The Half-Hearted|John Buchan
Only the city remains uncaptured, but it is mine whenever I choose to take it.
She still had the slimness of immature girlhood, the adorable shy daring of some uncaptured wood nymph.Mavericks|William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for capture
/ (ˈkæptʃə) /
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 forms of capturecapturer, noun
Word Origin for capture
C16: from Latin captūra a catching, that which is caught, from capere to take
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