from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of retaking or recovering.
  • noun The condition of having been retaken or recovered.
  • noun The act or an instance of retaking booty or goods.
  • noun The recovery by the government of the amount of money equal to certain tax benefits or unpaid because of deductions previously taken by a taxpayer.
  • noun The procedure for such recovery.
  • transitive verb To capture again.
  • transitive verb To recall or recreate.
  • transitive verb To acquire by the government procedure of recapture.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of retaking; particularly, the retaking of a prize or goods from a captor.
  • noun That which is recaptured; a prize retaken.
  • To capture back or again; retake, particularly a prize which had been previously taken.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To capture again; to retake.
  • noun The act of retaking or recovering by capture; especially, the retaking of a prize or goods from a captor.
  • noun That which is captured back; a prize retaken.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of capturing again.
  • verb to capture something for a second or subsequent time, especially after a loss

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

  • noun the act of taking something back
  • verb experience anew
  • noun a legal seizure by the government of profits beyond a fixed amount
  • verb take up anew
  • verb capture again
  • verb take back by force, as after a battle


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