re·​cap·​ture | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈkap-chər How to pronounce recapture (audio) \

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


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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Since the town’s recapture by Ukrainian forces last week, investigators have been drafted from across the country to comb neighborhoods for the remaining dead. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 The reported recapture of Makariv is significant, said Steven Horrell, a senior fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis and a former U.S. naval intelligence officer. NBC News, 24 Mar. 2022 The city hasn’t seen the violence that has been inflicted on Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, but the imminent threat of recapture by the militant forces has brought back bitter memories for those who suffered under their rule. Thomas Grove, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2022 The House version allows only for the recapture of sales tax over 20 years and would require that the team pay at least 50% of any naming rights revenues to the authority. Sarah Rankin,, 25 Feb. 2022 The recapture of the city by Tigrayan fighters and the retreat of Ethiopian government troops on Monday marked a stunning about-turn in the country's devastating eight-month civil war. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, 29 June 2021 To end recapture, the district would need to lower taxes and remove at least $4.9 million from its budget, accounting for more than 82% of its personnel salaries. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, 28 Jan. 2021 Conner’s recapture of the America’s Cup makes San Diego Yacht Club the first American club other than New York Yacht Club to hold the America’s Cup. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Feb. 2022 Hints and winks at that first installment crop up throughout, as if straining to recapture not merely the successes of the trilogy but the sense of astonishment that the first film unleashed. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 24 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Juzang also couldn’t recapture his scoring output in the NCAA tournament, averaging 12.3 points on 40% shooting in three games. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2022 With the Bengals selecting Burrow and Chase in consecutive drafts, the mission for the two now is to recapture that connection and chemistry in Cincinnati. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, 1 Aug. 2021 The challenge now is to recapture that belief in government as a force for good, as worthy of our attention and our talents, as capable of motivating and inspiring. Linda Greenhouse, The New York Review of Books, 5 Nov. 2020 There is a chance bulls can recapture that line in the sand. Jon Markman, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 In 2018, while completing her master’s degree at the University of Arizona, McGee needed to recapture a Yarrow’s spiny lizard, one of her three study species, in Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains. Erin Berger, Outside Online, 23 Jan. 2022 Republicans, on the other hand, are looking to recapture power, in part by tapping into voters’ frustration with the government and the economy. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2022 Zoo officials have never made plans to recapture No. 492, despite the sightings, saying there is no easy way to do so without disturbing other wildlife. CBS News, 29 Mar. 2022 Wayne State basketball is hoping to recapture a bit of its past success in men’s basketball — with an assist from former Michigan coach John Beilein. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of recapture


1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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re·​cap·​ture | \ ˌrē-ˈkap-chər How to pronounce recapture (audio) \
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.


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



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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