To recapture something is to get it back or catch it again. If you were the zookeeper at a very disorganized zoo, one of your jobs might be to recapture runaway baby pandas.

The police might recapture an escaped prisoner, and when they do it they can call the act itself a recapture. You can also recapture things in a more figurative way — your dad might like to recapture his high school days by listening to 80s music, for example. The "again" prefix re- is added to capture, from Latin captura, "a taking."

Definitions of recapture
  1. noun
    the act of taking something back
    synonyms: retaking
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    type of:
    recovery, retrieval
    the act of regaining or saving something lost (or in danger of becoming lost)
  2. noun
    a legal seizure by the government of profits beyond a fixed amount
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    type of:
    the taking possession of something by legal process
  3. verb
    capture again
    recapture the escaped prisoner”
    synonyms: retake
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    type of:
    capture, catch, get
    succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase
  4. verb
    take back by force, as after a battle
    “The military forces managed to recapture the fort”
    synonyms: retake
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    conquer anew
    type of:
    take by force
  5. verb
    take up anew
    “The author recaptures an old idea here”
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    type of:
    succeed in representing or expressing something intangible
  6. verb
    experience anew
    “She could not recapture that feeling of happiness”
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    type of:
    experience, feel
    undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
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