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 if not participating. The pirate captured his hostages, while his hostages captured the scene on their cell-phone video cameras.

Primary Meanings of capture

1.
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capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
the act of taking a person by force
2.
vn
bring about the capture of an elementary particle or celestial body and causing it enter a new orbit
a process whereby a star or planet holds an object in its gravitational field
3.
v
succeed in representing or expressing something intangible
Full Definitions of capture
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v capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping

Synonyms:
catch
catch
take in and retain
Types:
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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)
Type of:
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

v succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase

Synonyms:
catch, get
Types:
recapture, retake
capture again
lasso, rope
catch with a lasso
Type of:
clutch, prehend, seize
take hold of; grab

v take possession of by force, as after an invasion

“The militia captured the castle”
Synonyms:
appropriate, conquer, seize
Types:
carry
capture after a fight
Type of:
arrogate, assume, seize, take over, usurp
seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession

v 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
Types:
hold
hold the attention of
work
gratify and charm, usually in order to influence
Type of:
appeal, attract
be attractive to

n the act of taking a person by force

Synonyms:
seizure
Types:
abduction
the criminal act of capturing and carrying away by force a family member; if a man's wife is abducted it is a crime against the family relationship and against the wife
kidnapping, snatch
(law) the unlawful act of capturing and carrying away a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonment
Type of:
felony
a serious crime (such as murder or arson)

n the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property

Synonyms:
gaining control, seizure
Examples:
Norman Conquest
the invasion and settlement of England by the Normans following the battle of Hastings (1066)
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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
Type of:
acquiring, getting
the act of acquiring something

n the removal of an opponent's piece from the chess board

Types:
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
Type of:
chess move
the act of moving a chess piece
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v 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”
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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

Type of:
action, activity, natural action, natural process
a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)

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

Type of:
action, activity, natural action, natural process
a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)
3

v succeed in representing or expressing something intangible

capture the essence of Spring”
capture an idea”
Types:
recapture
take up anew
Type of:
interpret, represent
create an image or likeness of

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