capture the flag


Definition of capture the flag

: a game in which players on each of two teams seek to capture the other team's flag and return it to their side without being captured and imprisoned

Examples of capture the flag in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

But this year will include not just a mock hospital but also a formal capture the flag hacking competition, and much more extensive hands-on hacking. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "A Model Hospital Where the Devices Get Hacked—on Purpose," 6 Aug. 2019 Fred's House was also the congregation site for nighttime capture the flag. Georgina Schaeffer, Town & Country, "Be Our Guest," 9 Sep. 2013 On this particular Saturday night, guests partook in many of the same activities (minus capture the flag), and the chocolate chip cookies. Georgina Schaeffer, Town & Country, "Be Our Guest," 9 Sep. 2013 But for the Woolworth clan the farm is synonymous with summer — a place to catch frogs, play capture the flag, and sneak an extra cookie from the cookie jar. Georgina Schaeffer, Town & Country, "Be Our Guest," 9 Sep. 2013 Last week, OpenAI’s bots were playing Dota 2; this week, it’s Quake III, with a team of researchers from Google’s DeepMind subsidiary successfully training agents that can beat humans at a game of capture the flag. James Vincent, The Verge, "DeepMind’s AI agents exceed ‘human-level’ gameplay in Quake III," 4 July 2018 But Saturday afternoon, Kelsey Taylor will coach a relay race, Ahmad Rashad will direct a capture the flag game and Terraca Bobo will oversee a family field day, all in the name of preventing violence in Indianapolis. Faith E. Pinho, Indianapolis Star, "Amid Indianapolis' violence comes this effort to better know your neighbor," 27 June 2018 Teams will row across Lake Woodlands and try to capture the flag, attempting to be the first ones to bring it back across the finish line. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Registration open for YMCA Dragon Boat Team Challenge," 23 June 2018 On the Fourth, there will be a capture the flag game, snow cones and, at night, s'mores and a glow-stick party. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Last-minute Fourth of July hotel deals in Phoenix, Scottsdale," 22 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'capture the flag.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of capture the flag

circa 1925, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about capture the flag

Statistics for capture the flag

Last Updated

15 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for capture the flag

The first known use of capture the flag was circa 1925

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on capture the flag

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with capture the flag

Comments on capture the flag

What made you want to look up capture the flag? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a period when something is suspended

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!