capture

noun
cap·​ture | \ ˈkap-chər How to pronounce capture (audio) , -shər\

Definition of capture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of capturing: such as
a : an act of catching, winning, or gaining control by force, stratagem, or guile the capture of the city by enemy forces
b : a move in a board game (such 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 motion capture
2 : one that has been taken (such as a prize ship)

capture

verb
captured; capturing\ ˈkap-​chə-​riŋ How to pronounce capturing (audio) , ˈkap-​shriŋ \

Definition of capture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2a : to emphasize, represent, or preserve (something, such 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) The system is used to capture data relating to the buying habits of young people.
3 : to captivate and hold the interest of The performer captured our attention.
4 : to take according to the rules of a game A knight captured his pawn.
5 : to bring about the capture of (a subatomic particle)
6 astronomy : to draw into the gravitational influence of a larger body Asteroids were thought to be too small to capture a moon, but the moon might be a fragment that broke off.— Kenneth Chang

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Other Words from capture

Verb

capturable \ ˈkap-​chə-​rə-​bəl How to pronounce capturable (audio) , -​shrə-​bəl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for capture

Synonyms: Noun

captive, internee, prisoner

Synonyms: Verb

acquire, attain, bag, bring in, carry, come by, draw, earn, gain, garner, get, knock down, land, make, obtain, procure, pull down, realize, reap, secure, win

Antonyms: Noun

captor

Antonyms: Verb

forfeit, lose

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Verb

catch, capture, trap, snare, entrap, ensnare, bag mean to come to possess or control by or as if by seizing. catch implies the seizing of something in motion or in flight or in hiding. caught the dog as it ran by capture suggests taking by overcoming resistance or difficulty. capture an enemy stronghold trap, snare, entrap, ensnare imply seizing by some device that holds the one caught at the mercy of the captor. trap and snare apply more commonly to physical seizing. trap animals snared butterflies with a net entrap and ensnare more often are figurative. entrapped the witness with a trick question a sting operation that ensnared burglars bag implies shooting down a fleeing or distant prey. bagged a brace of pheasants

Examples of capture in a Sentence

Noun

the capture of the city by enemy forces a Spanish treasure ship was the most valuable capture ever taken by that privateer

Verb

They were captured by enemy soldiers. using traps to capture mice The city was captured by the Romans. She captured 60 percent of the vote in the last election. The company plans on capturing a larger segment of the market. The show has captured the attention of teenagers.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The roughly 5-foot-long alligator, which evaded capture for a week, was apprehended Monday night, Chicago Animal Care and Control Director Kelley Gandurski said at a Tuesday morning news conference. Fox News, "Alligator swimming in Chicago lagoon captured," 17 July 2019 But last week Chance the Snapper wasn't interested in Bob's bait, evading capture as authorities had difficulty spotting it beneath the murky water. Meagan Flynn, Anchorage Daily News, "After days on the loose, alligator that shut down Chicago park is caught by Florida man," 16 July 2019 For example the first arc is about Lupin trying to evade capture when everyone in the world with a cellphone camera is tracking him. Michael Moore, The Verge, "Eight new anime shows to check out this summer," 29 June 2018 The former abbot, subsequently stripped of his monastic rank, managed to evade capture and flee the country. George Styllis, Washington Post, "Thai crackdown targets Buddhist monks amid accusations of embezzlement and fraud," 24 June 2018 East Area Rapist allegedly shot them dead Did military and law enforcement training help East Area Rapist suspect evade capture? Tony Bizjak And Ryan Lillis, sacbee, "'It's jacked up.' These employees worked years with man suspected as East Area Rapist | The Sacramento Bee," 26 Apr. 2018 The case of an Antioch man accused of murder who evaded capture while a rape kit implicating him years earlier sat on a shelf has caught the attention of lawmakers and activists. Kimberly Veklerov, San Francisco Chronicle, "Efforts to clear California’s rape kit testing backlog fall short," 17 Mar. 2018 In search of the engram The physical trace of a single memory—also called an engram—has long evaded capture. Helen Shen, Scientific American, "Portrait of a Memory," 14 Mar. 2018 Wyoming Gillette: The final deadline for competitors in a carbon-capture contest has been extended by four months. USA TODAY, "Women in baseball, Lynyrd Skynyrd, circus fire: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After shutting down half of Chicago’s Humboldt Park and evading capture for a week, an alligator who had been spotted lurking in the park’s lagoon has been captured, police said Tuesday morning, ABC 7 Chicago reported. Meagan Flynn, Anchorage Daily News, "After days on the loose, alligator that shut down Chicago park is caught by Florida man," 16 July 2019 Despite the ending, Watson's age-defying run had captured the hearts and imaginations of so many. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Tom's Last Charge: An Oral History of the 2009 British Open," 15 July 2019 In effect, Davis and friends have captured the dynamism that the reversal of the Chicago River made possible. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Orbert Davis’ epic ‘The Chicago River’ returns on DVD and CD," 15 July 2019 The Norwegian research vessel G.O. Sars arrived at the sub’s location Sunday and sent down AEgir 6000, an undersea drone, to analyze the vessel and capture eerie footage of the wreck. Fox News, "Scientists discover radiation leak '100,000 times normal level' from Russian nuclear sub wreck," 12 July 2019 Since premiering 25 years ago, Friends has captured the hearts of millions and now, loyal fans of the sitcom can bring a piece of the iconic show into their own homes—without needing to stop by the flea market. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "Pottery Barn Is Releasing a 'Friends' Collection and We Suddenly Need an Apothecary Table," 12 July 2019 In the story by VRT NWS, which focuses on Dutch and Flemish speaking Google Assistant users, the broadcaster reviewed a thousand or so recordings, 153 of which had been captured accidentally. James Vincent, The Verge, "Yep, human workers are listening to recordings from Google Assistant, too," 11 July 2019 Launched in 1990 and orbiting 150 miles above Earth, this massive telescope has captured the most iconic and intimate pictures of outer space. Dean Regas, Cincinnati.com, "Top moments in space in the 50 years since Apollo 11 moon landing," 10 July 2019 But the idea of creating tamper-proof databases has captured the attention of everyone from anarchist techies to staid bankers. Klint Finley, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to the Blockchain," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of capture

Noun

circa 1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for capture

Noun

Middle French, from Latin captura, from captus — see captive entry 1

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capture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of capture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

capture

verb

English Language Learners Definition of capture (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

capture

verb
cap·​ture | \ ˈkap-chər How to pronounce capture (audio) \
captured; capturing

Kids Definition of capture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to take and hold especially by force The eagle captured its prey.
2 : to win or get through effort The candidate captured more than half the vote.
3 : to get and hold The seaweed strewn about … had captured her attention.— Kevin Henkes, Olive's Ocean
4 : to put into a lasting form She captured the scene in a photo.

capture

noun

Kids Definition of capture (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of taking and holding especially by force

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