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Definition of "capture" []

  • To take captive, as by force or craft; seize. (verb-transitive)
  • To gain possession or control of, as in a game or contest: capture the queen in chess; captured the liberal vote. (verb-transitive)
  • To attract and hold: tales of adventure that capture the imagination. (verb-transitive)
  • To succeed in preserving in lasting form: capture a likeness in a painting. (verb-transitive)
  • The act of catching, taking, or winning, as by force or skill. (noun)
  • To take prisoner or gain control over (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (in a game or contest) to win control or possession of (verb)
  • To succeed in representing or describing (something elusive) (verb)
  • (of an atom, molecule, ion, or nucleus) to acquire (an additional particle) (verb)
  • To insert or transfer (data) into a computer (verb)
  • The act of taking by force; seizure (noun)
  • The person or thing captured; booty (noun)
  • A process by which an atom, molecule, ion, or nucleus acquires an additional particle (noun)
  • The process by which the headwaters of one river are diverted into another through erosion caused by the second river's tributaries (noun)
  • The act or process of inserting or transferring data into a computer (noun)

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Use "capture" in a sentence
  • "This capture is the result of an operation which began with the capture in Lázaro Cardenes, Michoacán of 19 tons of psuedoefedrina which came from China and which is used in the manufacture of "crystal" and metafetaminas; psycho trophic drugs."
  • "If the capture is al Qaeda, then he would have to be self deluding to believe that he was being held "unjustly.""
  • "The court could simply apply the Quirin decision holding that the 5th and 6th Amendments do not apply to unlawful belligerents facing a military commission to the status hearings which determine whether the capture is an unlawful combatant."