noun cap·ture \ˈkap-chər, -shər\

: the act of taking and holding someone as a prisoner or of being taken as a prisoner

: the act of getting control of something

: the act of putting information in a form that a computer can use or read

Full Definition of CAPTURE

:  an act or instance of capturing: as
a :  an act of catching, winning, or gaining control by force, stratagem, or guile
b :  a move in a board game (as chess or checkers) that gains an opponent's piece
c :  the absorption by an atom, nucleus, or particle of a subatomic particle that often results in subsequent emission of radiation or in fission
d :  the act of recording in a permanent file <data capture>
:  one that has been taken (as a prize ship)

Examples of CAPTURE

  1. the capture of the city by enemy forces
  2. <a Spanish treasure ship was the most valuable capture ever taken by that privateer>

Origin of CAPTURE

Middle French, from Latin captura, from captus
First Known Use: circa 1542

Other Game Terms

bezique, carom, convention, crap, euchre, gambit, monte, parlay, tierce



: to take and hold (someone) as a prisoner especially by using force

: to catch (an animal)

: to get control of (a place) especially by using force

cap·turedcap·tur·ing \ˈkap-chə-riŋ, ˈkap-shriŋ\

Full Definition of CAPTURE

transitive verb
a :  to take captive; also :  to gain control of especially by force <capture a city>
b :  to gain or win especially through effort <captured 60 percent of the vote>
a :  to emphasize, represent, or preserve (as a scene, mood, or quality) in a more or less permanent form <at any such moment as a photograph might capture — C. E. Montague>
b :  to record in a permanent file (as in a computer)
:  to captivate and hold the interest of
:  to take according to the rules of a game
:  to bring about the capture of (a subatomic particle)

Examples of CAPTURE

  1. They were captured by enemy soldiers.
  2. using traps to capture mice
  3. The city was captured by the Romans.
  4. She captured 60 percent of the vote in the last election.
  5. The company plans on capturing a larger segment of the market.
  6. The show has captured the attention of teenagers.

First Known Use of CAPTURE



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