Definitions for captureˈkæp tʃər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cap•tureˈkæp tʃər(v.; n.)-tured, -tur•ing

  1. (v.t.)to take by force or stratagem; take prisoner; seize; apprehend.

  2. to gain control of or exert influence over:

    to capture someone's attention.

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

  4. to represent or record in lasting form:

    a movie that captures Berlin in the 1930s.

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

    Category: Computers

  6. (n.)the act of capturing; seizure.

  7. the person or thing captured.

  8. the process in which an atomic or nuclear system acquires an additional particle.

    Category: Physics

Origin of capture:

1535–45; < MF < L captūra <capt(us), ptp. of capere to take


Princeton's WordNet

  1. capture, gaining control, seizure(noun)

    the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property

  2. capture(noun)

    a process whereby a star or planet holds an object in its gravitational field

  3. capture(noun)

    any process in which an atomic or nuclear system acquires an additional particle

  4. capture, seizure(noun)

    the act of taking of a person by force

  5. capture(verb)

    the removal of an opponent's piece from the chess board

  6. capture(verb)

    succeed in representing or expressing something intangible

    "capture the essence of Spring"; "capture an idea"

  7. capture, enamour, trance, catch, becharm, enamor, captivate, beguile, charm, fascinate, bewitch, entrance, enchant(verb)

    attract; cause to be enamored

    "She captured all the men's hearts"

  8. get, catch, capture(verb)

    succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase

    "We finally got the suspect"; "Did you catch the thief?"

  9. capture(verb)

    bring about the capture of an elementary particle or celestial body and causing it enter a new orbit

    "This nucleus has captured the slow-moving neutrons"; "The star captured a comet"

  10. appropriate, capture, seize, conquer(verb)

    take possession of by force, as after an invasion

    "the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants"; "The army seized the town"; "The militia captured the castle"

  11. capture, catch(verb)

    capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping

    "I caught a rabbit in the trap today"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. capture(verb)ˈkæp tʃər

    to take sb in order to make them a prisoner

    aid workers captured by guerrillas

  2. captureˈkæp tʃər

    to catch and keep an animal

    He captured several stray dogs.

  3. captureˈkæp tʃər

    to take control of a place in war

    Enemy forces have captured two coastal cities.

  4. captureˈkæp tʃər

    to accurately express a feeling

    stories that capture the spirit of Ireland

  5. captureˈkæp tʃər

    to make sb interested

    an event that captured the attention of the media

  6. captureˈkæp tʃər

    to film or record sth

    to capture the accident on camera

  7. capture(noun)ˈkæp tʃər

    the act of capturing sb

    the capture of three soldiers; Avoid capture by hiding in the trees.

  8. captureˈkæp tʃər

    the act of capturing a place

    the capture of the town


  1. capture(Noun)

    An act of capturing.

  2. capture(Noun)

    Something that has been captured; a captive.

  3. capture(Verb)

    To take control of.

  4. capture(Verb)

    To store (as in sounds or image) for later revisitation.

  5. capture(Verb)

    To reproduce convincingly.

  6. capture(Verb)

    To remove or take control of an opponentu2019s piece in a game (e.g., chess, go, checkers).

  7. Origin: From capture (noun).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Capture(noun)

    the act of seizing by force, or getting possession of by superior power or by stratagem; as, the capture of an enemy, a vessel, or a criminal

  2. Capture(noun)

    the securing of an object of strife or desire, as by the power of some attraction

  3. Capture(noun)

    the thing taken by force, surprise, or stratagem; a prize; prey

  4. Capture(verb)

    to seize or take possession of by force, surprise, or stratagem; to overcome and hold; to secure by effort

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'capture' in Verbs Frequency: #554

Anagrams of capture

  1. cuprate

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the act of capturing.

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