WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
cap•ture /ˈkæptʃɚ/USA pronunciation   v.,  -tured, -tur•ing, n. 
v. [ + obj]
  1. to take by force;
    take prisoner:The patrol captured a few dozen soldiers.
  2. to gain control of;
    hold: She captured my attention immediately.
  3. to take possession of, as in a contest: to capture a pawn in chess.
  4. to represent or record (a feeling, etc.): a movie that captures life in Berlin in the 1930's.

  1. the act of capturing;
    seizure:[uncountable]On the day of the capture we were out on a patrol.
  2. [countable] the person or thing captured.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
cap•ture  (kapchər),USA pronunciation v.,  -tured, -tur•ing, n. 
  1. to take by force or stratagem;
    take prisoner;
    seize:The police captured the burglar.
  2. to gain control of or exert influence over:an ad that captured our attention; a TV show that captured 30% of the prime-time audience.
  3. to take possession of, as in a game or contest:to capture a pawn in chess.
  4. to represent or record in lasting form:The movie succeeded in capturing the atmosphere of Berlin in the 1930s.
  5. Computing
    • to enter (data) into a computer for processing or storage.
    • to record (data) in preparation for such entry.

  1. the act of capturing.
  2. the thing or person captured.
  3. Physicsthe process in which an atomic or nuclear system acquires an additional particle.
  4. Crystallographysubstitution in a crystal lattice of a trace element for an element of lower valence.
captur•a•ble, adj. 
captur•er, n. 
  • Latin captūra, equivalent. to capt(us) taken (past participle of capere to take) + -ūra -ure
  • Middle French
  • 1535–45
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged catch, arrest, snare, apprehend, grab, nab.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged seizure, arrest, apprehension.
    • 1, 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged release.

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capture /ˈkæptʃə/ vb (transitive)
  1. to take prisoner or gain control over: to capture an enemy, to capture a town
  2. (in a game or contest) to win control or possession of: to capture a pawn in chess
  3. to succeed in representing or describing (something elusive): the artist captured her likeness
  4. (of an atom, molecule, ion, or nucleus) to acquire (an additional particle)
  5. to insert or transfer (data) into a computer
  1. the act of taking by force; seizure
  2. the person or thing captured; booty
  3. a process by which an atom, molecule, ion, or nucleus acquires an additional particle
  4. Also called: piracy the process by which the headwaters of one river are diverted into another through erosion caused by the second river's tributaries
  5. the act or process of inserting or transferring data into a computer
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin captūra a catching, that which is caught, from capere to take

ˈcapturer n

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Collocations: capture [him, the enemy, the murderer], [image, video, data, screen] capture, [an image, a video, a data] capture device, more...

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