Synonyms & Antonyms of capture

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1 to receive as return for effort
  • the movie's producers captured several awards for their work

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2 to take physical control or possession of (something) suddenly or forcibly
  • captured the cat just as it was about to escape out the front door

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Synonyms & Antonyms of capture (Entry 2 of 2)

one that has been taken and held in confinement
  • a Spanish treasure ship was the most valuable capture ever taken by that privateer

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Frequently Asked Questions About capture

How does the verb capture contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of capture are bag, catch, ensnare, entrap, snare, and trap. While all these words mean "to come to possess or control by or as if by seizing," capture suggests taking by overcoming resistance or difficulty.

capture an enemy stronghold

In what contexts can bag take the place of capture?

In some situations, the words bag and capture are roughly equivalent. However, bag implies shooting down a fleeing or distant prey.

bagged a brace of pheasants

When is catch a more appropriate choice than capture?

The words catch and capture are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, catch implies the seizing of something in motion or in flight or in hiding.

caught the dog as it ran by

How do entrap and ensnare relate to one another, in the sense of capture?

Both entrap and ensnare more often are figurative.

entrapped the witness with a trick question

a sting operation that ensnared burglars

How is trap related to other words for capture?

Trap, snare, entrap, and 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

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The first known use of capture was circa 1542

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“Capture.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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