recapture

noun
re·cap·ture | \(ˌ)rē-ˈkap-chər \

Definition of recapture 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the act of retaking

b : an instance of being retaken

2 : the retaking of a prize or goods under international law

3 : a government seizure under law of earnings or profits beyond a fixed amount

recapture

verb
recaptured; recapturing; recaptures

Definition of recapture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to capture again

b : to experience again by no effort of the imagination could she recapture the ecstasy— Ellen Glasgow

2 : to take (something, such as a portion of earnings or profits above a fixed amount) by law or through negotiations under law

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Examples of recapture in a Sentence

Noun

the recapture of the territory may take longer than expected

Verb

The guards recaptured the escaped prisoner. The soldiers recaptured the hill they had lost the day before. In the final lap of the race, he recaptured the lead. They are trying to recapture those happy times they had together. The documentary recaptures the social tensions of the 1960s.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The recapture of Naseeb in Daraa marks the return of Assad’s forces to the province where the uprising against him began seven years ago. Albert Aji, BostonGlobe.com, "Syrian troops celebrate recapture of Jordan border crossing," 7 July 2018 As the takin did a full loop around the zoo, a recapture team with tranquilizers, and rifles for back-up, chased the animal until he was sedated, Nahabedian said. BostonGlobe.com, "Workers hurt as 800-pound animal busts out of enclosure in Rhode Island zoo," 15 May 2018 The challenge will be funding the teachers and staff necessary for an additional campus when Carroll pays millions of dollars into Chapter 41 recapture, also known as Robin Hood. Nicholas Sakelaris, star-telegram, "Growth is putting pressure on Carroll schools, but the district has a plan | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 11 May 2018 Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is riding high after his recent twin victories: the defeat of ISIS and the relatively bloodless recapture of oil-rich Kirkuk and other territories occupied by the Kurds. Bartle Bull And Douglas Ollivant, WSJ, "Will Iraq ‘Lean West’ or ‘Lean Iran’?," 10 May 2018 Budget officials trimmed the deficit further after learning the state would cut the amount districts affected by Hurricane Harvey would pay in recapture due to lower projected property values. Shelby Webb, Houston Chronicle, "Houston ISD shrinks projected budget deficit to $104M," 30 Apr. 2018 Some can actually have a fourth — rainwater recapture. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Readers urge for clarification on salt water in car washes," 25 Mar. 2018 The recapture by government forces of areas in southern Damascus and the Qalamoun region would give Assad control of the entire area around Damascus and the country’s center, extending all the way up to Homs, for the first time in years. Bassem Mroue, The Seattle Times, "Syrian troops look to isolate IS in Damascus battle," 23 Apr. 2018 The recapture of Douma effectively ends a nearly seven-year rebellion near Damascus and marks Assad’s most significant victory since his forces retook the northern city of Aleppo in late 2016. Washington Post, "Western airstrikes unlikely to impact Assad’s war machine," 14 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Thwarted by hostile terrain, the convicts did not get far before being recaptured a few days later. David Wharton, latimes.com, "Ultra running can mean extreme heat, mountain climbs and, oh yeah, look out for those trees," 14 June 2018 The man who spent 223 weeks as world No.1 is now ranked 22 in the world and is a long way from recapturing the form which brought him 12 grand slam titles. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Serena Williams & Rafael Nadal out to make French Open history," 25 May 2018 Maybe Golden State’s play doesn’t speak to a lack of inspiration, but to inspiration that can never be recaptured. Nathaniel Friedman, GQ, "The Rockets Will Show Us What Kind of Team These Warriors Really Are," 15 May 2018 While foreign aid has come in to help reconstruct Tikrit, which was recaptured last April, there is none in the pipeline for Anbar, where 1.1 million of the province’s 1.6 million population have been displaced. Jane Arraf, Newsweek, "How Iraqi Forces Drove ISIS From Ramadi," 25 Feb. 2016 There are plenty of games that have tried to recapture that magic over the years, but few have done it as successfully as Octopath Traveler, which launches on the Nintendo Switch this Friday. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Octopath Traveler is a modern take on classic Final Fantasy on the Nintendo Switch," 12 July 2018 Homs, like all of the cities recaptured by the government, now belongs mostly to Syria’s victorious minorities: Christians, Shias and Alawites (an esoteric offshoot of Shia Islam from which Mr Assad hails). The Economist, "How a victorious Bashar al-Assad is changing Syria," 28 June 2018 In the 30th minute, with an attack building, Houston (6-5-3) lost possession before midfielder Tomás Martinez recaptured the ball and darted through the box toward the goal. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Dynamo dominate Colorado Rapids for shutout victory," 9 June 2018 If the equipment can’t be recaptured with a ground attack it is destroyed from the air. Jim Michaels, USA TODAY, "U.S. gives Humvees to Afghan army and then blows them up when they fall into Taliban hands," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of recapture

Noun

1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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recapture

noun

Financial Definition of recapture

What It Is

A recapture occurs when a person or entity takes back an asset from a buyer under certain conditions.

How It Works

Taxing authorities can implement tax recaptures in which the taxing authority requires a taxpayer to pay taxes on previous years of income (usually when the taxpayer took a deduction or tax credit that the taxing authority decides was inappropriate).

Recapture clauses are common in commercial real estate. Let's say John Doe owns the ABC Shopping Center. He leases some retail space to Company XYZ. The lease says Company XYZ will pay 3% of its sales to John Doe as rent every month for a minimum of $5,000 per month. In other words, Company XYZ has to have revenues of at least $167,000 a month.

Company XYZ only does $100,000 a month. Because the lease has a recapture clause, John Doe can terminate the lease and take back the retail space from Company XYZ. This allows him to get a better-performing tenant in the space rather than having to suffer through the entire term of the lease with a tenant that doesn't generate enough income for him.

Another form of recapture is the depreciation recapture. Let's say John Doe bought a house for $100,000 and ran a business out of it, which allowed him to depreciate the house by $1,000 a year. He lived in the house for five years, thus recording $5,000 of depreciation, and then decided to sell the house and move to Tampa. He sold the house for $120,000.

Because the house is a depreciable asset to John, his profit on the sale of the house is based on the depreciated value of the house (that is, $100,000 - $5,000, or $95,000). It is not based on what he paid for the house ($100,000). So, his sale for $120,000 generates a $25,000 profit, not a $20,000 profit. In other words, John must declare a recaptured gain of $25,000.

Why It Matters

Recaptures are most common in commercial real estate transactions, but they can be in any sort of contract in which an asset exchange takes place and the buyer may want the option to buy back the asset later. And as we've shown, taxing authorities can recapture lost tax revenue when they decide that taxpayers have not been following the rules.

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recapture

verb

English Language Learners Definition of recapture

: to catch (someone or something that has escaped)

: to gain control of (a place or position) again after losing it

: to experience or bring back (a feeling, quality, or situation) again

recapture

verb
re·cap·ture | \ˌrē-ˈkap-chər \
recaptured; recapturing

Kids Definition of recapture

1 : to regain possession of Soldiers recaptured the fort.

2 : to experience again I wish I could recapture my youth.

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recapture

transitive verb
re·cap·ture | \ˌrē-ˈkap-chər\
recaptured; recapturing

Legal Definition of recapture 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to capture again

2 : to recover or take (as an excess or gain) by law or agreement especially : to recover (a tax benefit) by higher or additional taxation of income or property that ceases to qualify for a credit or deduction or by taxing gain realized from the sale or exchange of such property the government recaptured the depreciation by taxing the gain resulting from the difference between the sale price and the basis after depreciation

recapture

noun

Legal Definition of recapture (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or process of recapturing

2 : an amount recaptured or subject to recapture

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