capture




The verb to capture means to grab, trap, or take something that doesn’t want to be grabbed, trapped, or taken. Hunters, pirates, and kidnappers all capture the things they want.

If you want that tiger, you’re going to have to capture him, either by setting a trap or shooting him. Either way, his capture won’t be easy. You can also capture a photograph of something — which, while it doesn’t mean taking it against its will, is still a kind of taking in which the thing itself is not participating. The pirate captured his hostages, while his hostages captured the scene on their cell-phone video cameras.

Definitions of capture
  1. verb

    capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping

    synonyms:
    catch

    catch

    take in and retain
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    hunt, hunt down, run, track down

    pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)
    frog

    hunt frogs for food
    bag

    capture or kill, as in hunting
    batfowl

    catch birds by temporarily blinding them
    rat

    catch rats, especially with dogs
    ensnare, entrap, snare, trammel, trap

    catch in or as if in a trap
    snipe

    hunt or shoot snipe
    whale

    hunt for whales
    ambush, still-hunt

    hunt (quarry) by stalking and ambushing
    turtle

    hunt for turtles, especially as an occupation
    drive

    (hunting) chase from cover into more open ground
    drive

    (hunting) search for game
    rabbit

    hunt rabbits
    fowl

    hunt fowl in the forest
    poach

    hunt illegally
    seal

    hunt seals
    ferret

    hunt with ferrets
    course

    hunt with hounds
    foxhunt

    hunt foxes, on horseback and with dogs
    jack, jacklight

    hunt with a jacklight
    hawk

    hunt with hawks
    falcon

    hunt with falcons
    fowl

    hunt fowl
    gin

    trap with a snare
    forage, scrounge

    collect or look around for (food)
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    acquire, get

    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

  2. verb

    succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase

    synonyms:
    catch, get
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    recapture, retake

    capture again
    lasso, rope

    catch with a lasso
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    clutch, prehend, seize

    take hold of; grab

  3. verb

    take possession of by force, as after an invasion

    “The militia
    captured the castle”
    synonyms:
    appropriate, conquer, seize
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    types:

    carry

    capture after a fight
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    arrogate, assume, seize, take over, usurp

    seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one’s right or possession

  4. verb

    attract; cause to be enamored

    “She
    captured all the men’s hearts”
    synonyms:
    becharm, beguile, bewitch, captivate, catch, charm, enamor, enamour, enchant, entrance, fascinate, trance
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    hold

    hold the attention of
    work

    gratify and charm, usually in order to influence
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    appeal, attract

    be attractive to

  5. noun

    the act of taking a person by force

    synonyms:
    seizure
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    abduction

    the criminal act of capturing and carrying away by force a family member
    kidnapping, snatch

    (law) the unlawful act of capturing and carrying away a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonment
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    felony

    a serious crime (such as murder or arson)

  6. noun

    the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property

    synonyms:
    gaining control, seizure
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    usurpation

    wrongfully seizing and holding (an office or powers) by force (especially the seizure of a throne or supreme authority)
    apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, pinch, taking into custody

    the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
    conquering, conquest, subjection, subjugation

    the act of conquering
    enslavement

    the act of making slaves of your captives
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    acquiring, getting

    the act of acquiring something

  7. noun

    the removal of an opponent’s piece from the chess board

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    en passant

    (chess) a chess pawn that is moved two squares can be captured by an opponent’s pawn commanding the square that was passed
    exchange

    (chess) the capture by both players (usually on consecutive moves) of pieces of equal value
    exchange

    (chess) gaining (or losing) a rook in return for a knight or bishop
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    chess move

    the act of moving a chess piece

  8. verb

    bring about the capture of an elementary particle or celestial body and causing it enter a new orbit

    “This nucleus has
    captured the slow-moving neutrons”
    “The star
    captured a comet”
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    alter, change, modify

    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

  9. noun

    a process whereby a star or planet holds an object in its gravitational field

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    action, activity, natural action, natural process

    a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)

  10. noun

    any process in which an atomic or nuclear system acquires an additional particle

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    action, activity, natural action, natural process

    a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)

  11. verb

    succeed in representing or expressing something intangible

    capture the essence of Spring”
    capture an idea”
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    types:

    recapture

    take up anew
    type of:

    interpret, represent

    create an image or likeness of

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