I UK [ˈkæptʃə(r)] / US [ˈkæptʃər] verb [transitive]
Word forms "capture":
present tense I/you/we/they capture he/she/it captures present participle capturing past tense captured past participle captured
a) to catch someone so that they become your prisoner

Most of the men had been either killed or captured.

b) to catch an animal

Police officers finally cornered and captured the dog.

a) to get equipment or control of a place from your enemy during a war

Rebel forces captured the village.

They captured or destroyed over 400 tanks.

b) to get control of something from an opponent in business or politics

Japanese firms have now captured over 50% of the market.

Conservatives had hoped to capture a larger share of the vote.

3) to express what someone or something is really like in a way that people can clearly recognize

The film succeeds in capturing the mood of the 1960s.

The artist has captured her perfectly.

Nouns frequently used as objects of capture
▪  atmosphere, essence, flavour, mood, spirit
4) to record an event in a film or photograph

The whole incident was captured by a young American photographer.

capture something on film/camera/video:

The idea was to capture on film how the countryside was changing.

5) computing to put information or pictures into a form that can be used by a computer
6) in a game such as chess, to win the right to remove one of your opponent's pieces

capture someone's interest/imagination/attention — to make someone interested in or excited about something

Her story captured the interest of the world's media.


II UK [ˈkæptʃə(r)] / US [ˈkæptʃər] noun [uncountable] *
1) the act of catching someone so that they become your prisoner
avoid/evade/escape capture:

He tried to evade capture by leaving the country.

a) the act of getting control of something from your enemy during a war

The campaign culminated in the capture of Rome.

b) the act of getting control of something from an opponent in business or politics

the capture of a huge sector of the satellite TV market

3) computing the process of putting information or pictures into a form that can be used by a computer

a new system for data capture

English dictionary. 2014.


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  • Capture — can refer to a number of things aside from its usual :* In abstract strategy games (such as taekwondo), the process of eliminating or immobilising an opponent s game piece. * In radio, FM capture is a phenomenon of frequency modulation. In media …   Wikipedia

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  • Capture — Cap ture, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Captured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Capturing}.] 1. To seize or take possession of by force, surprise, or stratagem; to overcome and hold; to secure by effort. [1913 Webster] 2. to record or make a lasting representation of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Capture Go — is a simplified variation of the Go board game established primarily as an introduction to the rules and concepts of Go. Known also as The Capture Game, First Capture Go, and Atari Go, it was first introduced by Yasuda Yasutoshi, an 8 dan… …   Wikipedia

  • capture — I verb apprehend, arrest, capere, carry away, catch, comprehendere, confine, hold captive, hold in captivity, immure, impress, imprison, incarcerate, jail, lock up, make an arrest, make prisoner, net, repress, restrain, restrict, seize, subdue,… …   Law dictionary

  • Capture — Cap ture, n. [L. capture, fr. caper to take: cf. F. capture. See {Caitiff}, and cf. {aptive}.] [1913 Webster] 1. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Capture — bezeichnet: Motion Capture, Computerlesetechnik für menschliche Bewegungen Adobe Capture, Konvertierungswerkzeug von Grafik zu PDF Capture/Compare Einheit, Rechnerbaustein Siehe auch: Kaptur …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • capture — CAPTURE. s. f. Prise au corps. Il ne se dit guère que d Un homme arrêté pour dettes, ou pour crime, par ordre de Justice. Ce sergent a fait deux captures ce matin. On a pris un fameux voleur, c est une belle capture. [b]f♛/b] On le dit… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • capture — [kap′chər] n. [Fr < L captura < captus: see CAPTIVE] 1. a taking or being taken by force, surprise, or skill, as enemy troops, an opponent s piece in chess, etc. 2. that which is thus taken or seized; specif., a prize or booty in war 3. the …   English World dictionary

  • capture — (n.) 1540s, from M.Fr. capture a taking, from L. captura a taking (especially of animals), from captus (see CAPTIVE (Cf. captive)). The verb is 1795; in chess, checkers, etc., 1820. Related: Captured; capturing …   Etymology dictionary

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