Capture Definition

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To take or seize by force, surprise, or skill.
Webster's New World
To represent (something transient, immaterial, etc.) in more or less permanent form.
To capture her charm on canvas.
Webster's New World
To gain possession or control of, as in a game or contest.
Capture the queen in chess; captured the liberal vote.
American Heritage
To effect the capture of (a subatomic particle)
Webster's New World
To attract and hold.
Tales of adventure that capture the imagination.
American Heritage
A taking or being taken by force, surprise, or skill, as enemy troops, an opponent's piece in chess, etc.
Webster's New World
That which is thus taken or seized; specif., a prize or booty in war.
Webster's New World
The process by which a massive body, such as a star or planet, draws and holds another body in gravitational orbit.
American Heritage
The absorption of a particle by an atomic nucleus; esp., the absorption of a neutron or an orbital electron that often results in the immediate emission of radiation.
Webster's New World
The securing of an object of strife or desire, as by the power of some attraction.
The capture of a lover's heart.

Other Word Forms of Capture



Origin of Capture

  • From French capture from Old French from Latin captūra a catching of animals from captus past participle of capere to seize kap- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French capture (noun).

    From Wiktionary

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