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

There was no immediate comment from Jordan on the Syrian forces’ recapture of Naseeb crossing. Washington Post, "Syrian troops reach border crossing with Jordan," 6 July 2018 Officials shaved the projected deficit to $115 million earlier this year in hopes that a lawsuit focused on recapture payments will turn out favorably for HISD. Shelby Webb, Houston Chronicle, "Houston ISD shrinks projected budget deficit to $104M," 30 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

His playful magnetism was something Disney tried to recapture with Alden Ehrenreich in Solo. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Here's Harrison Ford Starring in 'Solo' Thanks to Deepfakes," 17 Oct. 2018 That time has passed, but with Clinique's revamp of its Happy fragrance line, the brand is striving to recapture the essence of feeling good. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Clinique Is Revamping Its Iconic Happy Perfume," 6 Sep. 2018 Why was John so intent on recapturing Natalie’s pet spider after Camille set it free? Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sharp Objects Episode 4: Something's Rotten in Wind Gap," 30 July 2018 Today's trailer gives us hope that True Detective might recapture some of that fine season 1 magic. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "True Detective seems ready to return to top form in new S3 trailer," 2 Nov. 2018 Husband Richard has lost his job and is in a two-year program to become a counselor, while pedaling a pricey bicycle and doing lots of yoga and therapy to recapture what’s missing in his life. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "Weekend picks for book lovers, including 'How Hard Can It Be?' by Allison Pearson," 9 June 2018 Led by trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, this Davis tribute has a lot of dark magic to try and recapture. Chris Barton, latimes.com, "Playboy Jazz Festival: Five acts not to miss at the Hollywood Bowl," 6 June 2018 With Stephan Lichtsteiner set to leave Juventus, the acquisition of Darmian will bolster their full back options and Max Allegri will hope his countryman can recapture the form that earned him a move to England. SI.com, "Matteo Darmian Set to Undergo Juventus Medical on Friday Ahead of Man Utd Exit," 1 June 2018 Within months the army had recaptured most big towns, pushing the insurgents into forests or Lake Chad, a mass of swamps where the borders of four countries meet. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 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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