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
    take in and retain
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    hunt, hunt down, run, track down
    pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)
    hunt frogs for food
    capture or kill, as in hunting
    catch birds by temporarily blinding them
    catch rats, especially with dogs
    ensnare, entrap, snare, trammel, trap
    catch in or as if in a trap
    hunt or shoot snipe
    hunt for whales
    ambush, still-hunt
    hunt (quarry) by stalking and ambushing
    hunt for turtles, especially as an occupation
    (hunting) chase from cover into more open ground
    (hunting) search for game
    hunt rabbits
    hunt fowl in the forest
    hunt illegally
    hunt seals
    hunt with ferrets
    hunt with hounds
    hunt foxes, on horseback and with dogs
    jack, jacklight
    hunt with a jacklight
    hunt with hawks
    hunt with falcons
    hunt fowl
    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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    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 the attention of
    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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    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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    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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    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
    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
    (chess) the capture by both players (usually on consecutive moves) of pieces of equal value
    (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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    take up anew
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    interpret, represent
    create an image or likeness of
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