Definition of recapture in English:

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Pronunciation: /riːˈkaptʃə/


[with object]
1Capture (a person or animal that has escaped): armed police have recaptured a prisoner who’s been on the run for five days
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  • What are the police doing to recapture these men?
  • After escaping the death camp, she was recaptured.
  • He suffered numerous injuries, managed to escape from his prison, walked for two weeks through the jungle eating live frogs before he was recaptured.
1.1Recover (something taken or lost): Edward I recaptured the castle Leeds failed to recapture the form which had swept them to the title
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  • He had recaptured Rochester Castle (which had been surrendered to them in September), and was poised to strike at London.
  • According to journalists traveling with coalition forces, the battle in southern Iraq continued to rage with Iraqi forces apparently launching counterattacks to recapture lost ground.
  • They controlled the castle for 127 years before it was recaptured in A.D.1271, through a military ruse, by the Arabs under the Mameluk Sultan Baybars.
1.2Recreate or experience again (a past time, event, or feeling): the programmes give viewers a chance to recapture their own childhoods
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  • Like other collectors I am also trying to recapture the feelings of childhood.
  • I finally found a videotape of it, watched it again, and couldn't recapture the original feeling, maybe because I knew all the surprises.
  • Maybe we're all trying to recapture that feeling of acceptance.


[in singular]
An act of recapturing someone or something: the recapture of the harbour of Bahia
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  • Fierce fighting was reported during the recapture of the television station but the radio station was apparently given up without a struggle, with the dissidents fleeing.
  • But after the ignominious recapture of a king who appeared bent on internationalizing his plight, other monarchs were alarmed.
  • This latest offensive follows the recapture of Samarra over the weekend.
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