What does capture mean?

Definitions for capture
ˈkæp tʃərcap·ture

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word capture.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. capture, gaining control, seizurenoun

    the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property

  2. capturenoun

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

  3. capturenoun

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

  4. capture, seizurenoun

    the act of taking of a person by force

  5. captureverb

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

  6. captureverb

    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, enchantverb

    attract; cause to be enamored

    "She captured all the men's hearts"

  8. get, catch, captureverb

    succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase

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

  9. captureverb

    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, conquerverb

    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, catchverb

    capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping

    "I caught a rabbit in the trap today"


  1. Captureverb

    to record or make a lasting representation of (sound or images); as, to capture an event on videotape; the artist captured the expression of grief on his face.

  2. Captureverb

    (Games) to take control of, or remove from play; as, to capture a piece in chess.

  3. Captureverb

    to exert a strong psychological influence on; as, to capture the heart of a maiden; to capture the attention of the nation.

  4. Captureverb

    (Computers) to record (data) in a computer-readable form; as, to capture a transaction in a database.


  1. capturenoun

    An act of capturing.

  2. capturenoun

    Something that has been captured; a captive.

  3. captureverb

    To take control of.

  4. captureverb

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

  5. captureverb

    To reproduce convincingly.

  6. captureverb

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

  7. Etymology: From capture (noun).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Capturenoun

    Etymology: capture, Fr. captura, Lat.

    The great sagacity, and many artifices used by birds, in the investigation and capture of their prey. William Derham, Phys. Theol.


  1. capture

    Capture generally refers to the action of taking something or someone into one's possession, control, or custody, often by force. It can also mean to record or express something accurately in words, images, or sounds. The term can be used in various contexts such as in games, photography, warfare, or science.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Capturenoun

    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. Capturenoun

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

  3. Capturenoun

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

  4. Captureverb

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

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. capture

    A prize taken by a ship of war at sea; is the taking forcible possession of vessels or goods belonging to one nation by those of a hostile nation. Vessels are looked on as prizes if they fight under any other standard than that of the state from which they have their commission; if they have no charty-party, manifest, or bill of lading, or if loaded with effects belonging to the king's enemies, or even contraband goods. Whether the capture be lawful or unlawful, the insurer is rendered liable to the loss.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. capture

    The act of taking or seizing by force; seizure; arrest; as, the capture of an enemy. The thing taken; a prize; prey taken by force, surprise, or stratagem.

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Anagrams for capture »

  1. cuprate

  2. uptrace

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of capture in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of capture in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of capture in a Sentence

  1. Tulane University:

    The comment was written on a makeshift wall on our private property, normally used for a game of capture the flag, to mock the ideologies of a political candidate.

  2. Chris Jackson:

    If you have mutual funds in a taxable account, it is important to check the estimated mutual fund distributions that the fund families release ahead of time, by tax-loss harvesting this fund, not only do you avoid the capital gains distribution, you also capture a tax deduction. The combination could be a substantial savings.

  3. The ECB:

    The test objectives ... are the flags that the RT provider must attempt to capture during the test as it progresses through the scenarios.

  4. Martin Layfield:

    ( companies) haven't created the space to think about what is possible to capture.

  5. Martin Landry:

    They are critical for the legal market to capture a bigger part of the consumer spending.

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Translations for capture

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  • أسرArabic
  • пленяване, пленник, пленявам, плячка, улавям, взимам, хващане, хващамBulgarian
  • captura, capturarCatalan, Valencian
  • vzít, zachytit, zajmoutCzech
  • einfangen, Fang, fangen, Festnahme, gefangen nehmen, Erfassung, GefangennahmeGerman
  • kaptoEsperanto
  • captura, capturarSpanish
  • گرفتن, بازگیریPersian
  • vangita, siepata, tallentaa, napata, sieppaus, tavoittaa, siepattu, kaapataFinnish
  • CapturerFrench
  • gabháilIrish
  • beò-ghlac, glac, glacadhScottish Gaelic
  • capturaGalician
  • לכידהHebrew
  • 記録, とる, 捉える, 捕獲Japanese
  • 포착Korean
  • fangstNorwegian
  • zbićPolish
  • взять, захват, овладева́ть, захва́т, плене́ние, улови́ть, [[брать]] [[в]] [[плен]], запи́сывать, ула́вливать, пле́нник, захва́тывать, брать, овладе́ть, плени́ть, пле́нница, завладе́ть, записа́ть, пленя́ть, пленный, пле́нный, пои́мка, [[взять]] [[в]] [[плен]], завладева́ть, захвати́тьRussian
  • vzeti, ujetiSlovene
  • nasaSwahili
  • ele geçirmekTurkish
  • захопленняUkrainian
  • 捕獲Chinese

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    A render
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