from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To take captive, as by force or craft; seize.
  • transitive v. To gain possession or control of, as in a game or contest: capture the queen in chess; captured the liberal vote.
  • transitive v. To attract and hold: tales of adventure that capture the imagination.
  • transitive v. To succeed in preserving in lasting form: capture a likeness in a painting.
  • n. The act of catching, taking, or winning, as by force or skill.
  • n. One that has been seized, caught, or won; a catch or prize.
  • n. Physics The phenomenon in which an atom or a nucleus absorbs a subatomic particle, often with the subsequent emission of radiation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An act of capturing.
  • n. Something that has been captured; a captive.
  • v. To take control of.
  • v. To store (as in sounds or image) for later revisitation.
  • v. To reproduce convincingly.
  • v. To remove or take control of an opponent’s piece in a game (e.g., chess, go, checkers).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of seizing by force, or getting possession of by superior power or by stratagem.
  • n. The securing of an object of strife or desire, as by the power of some attraction.
  • n. The thing taken by force, surprise, or stratagem; a prize; prey.
  • transitive v. To seize or take possession of by force, surprise, or stratagem; to overcome and hold; to secure by effort.
  • transitive v. to record or make a lasting representation of (sound or images).
  • transitive v. to take control of, or remove from play.
  • transitive v. to exert a strong psychological influence on.
  • transitive v. to record (data) in a computer-readable form.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of taking or seizing; seizure; arrest: as, the capture of an enemy, of a ship, or of booty, by force, surprise, or stratagem; the capture of a criminal.
  • n. The thing taken; a prize.
  • To take or seize by force, surprise, or stratagem, as an enemy or his property; take captive; make a prize or prisoner of: as, to capture a vessel or a fortress; to capture prisoners.
  • To win by ingenuity or skill against resistance or competition: as, to capture a prize for marksmanship.
  • n. In physical geography, the process by which a stream, lengthening its valley by head-ward erosion and thus encroaching upon a neighboring drainage-basin of greater altitude, eventually taps another stream, whose upper waters are thus diverted and whose lower waters are left ‘beheaded’: said also of glaciers.
  • In physical geography, to divert part of (a river) to a new course: said of the action of a stream that erodes its valley headward into the basin of another river and thus captures or diverts the upper waters of the latter to its own course.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property
  • v. succeed in representing or expressing something intangible
  • v. bring about the capture of an elementary particle or celestial body and causing it enter a new orbit
  • v. attract; cause to be enamored
  • n. any process in which an atomic or nuclear system acquires an additional particle
  • n. a process whereby a star or planet holds an object in its gravitational field
  • v. capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
  • n. the removal of an opponent's piece from the chess board
  • n. the act of taking of a person by force
  • v. take possession of by force, as after an invasion
  • v. succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase


From French, capture, from Old French, from Latin captūra, a catching of animals, from captus, past participle of capere, to seize; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French capture (noun). (Wiktionary)



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