- 1Take into one’s possession or control by force: the island was captured by Australian forces in 1914More example sentences
catch, apprehend, seize, arrest; take prisoner, take captive, take into custody; imprison, detain, put/throw in jail, put behind bars, put under lock and key, incarcerate; lay hold of, abduct, carry off, take; trap, snare, ensnare, net, hook, reel in, land, beach• informal nab, collar, pinch, lift, nail, bust, pick up, bag, run in, haul in, pull in, feel someone's collarBritish • informal nickoccupy, invade, conquer, seize, take, take over, take possession of, annex, subjugate; win, gain, secure
- Ethiopian forces claim to have captured the town for strategic reasons and insist they intend to withdraw later.
- At sunset, tribal forces claimed to have captured a ridge on the Milawa valley adjacent to the Tora Bora valley.
- Only a few years later, the idea of a yeast that was out of control would capture the public imagination.
- 1.1(In chess and other board games) make a move that secures the removal of (an opposing piece) from the board: Black cannot capture the knightMore example sentences
- Finally, a single piece is automatically captured if two opposing pieces of another color move into its triangle.
- Kevin looked down at the chess game, and made a move capturing a piece.
- A player could capture an enemy piece by either moving onto the piece or any one of these chits, which captured the piece as of that location.
- 1.2 Astronomy (Of a star, planet, or other celestial body) bring (a less massive body) permanently within its gravitational influence: Jupiter’s gravity captured a small percentage of these planetesimalsMore example sentences
- Their findings suggest the purported moons arose from collisions or were captured by the planet shortly after the solar system formed.
- Stuff moving more slowly relative to Earth can be captured by the planet's gravity and survive the plunge.
- Some small moons orbiting Jupiter, as well as Phobos and Deimos, may have originally been asteroids captured into orbit by the gravity of Mars and Jupiter.
- 2Record accurately in words or pictures: she did a series of sketches, trying to capture all his moodsMore example sentences
- The Sub-Standard uses words and pictures to capture the essence of London's worst August storms ever.
- Perhaps, the mad careening way of life might become more reflective as its mood and mode is captured in image and word.
- The pictures captured the mood or essence of the songs.
- 3Cause (data) to be stored in a computer: these allow users to capture, edit, and display geographic dataMore example sentences
- Version 2.0 allows users to capture customer e-mail stored in corporate mailboxes in addition to submissions from the Web.
- But then, what if the spyware captures your keystrokes and stores them for later retrieval?
- These programs are both Windows programs that allow users to capture the USB data that is sent to and received from any USB device on a Windows system.
- 4 Physics Absorb (an atomic or subatomic particle): the free electrons were moving too rapidly to be captured by nucleiMore example sentences
- Not until the ambient temperature in the expanding universe had cooled from trillions down to about 3,000 degrees Kelvin did the nuclei capture electrons.
- Plant chloroplasts normally capture photons to excite electrons to drive photosynthesis.
- This is the process in which a proton is converted into a neutron by the nucleus capturing a negative electron from one of the inner orbits of its atom.
- 5(Of a stream) divert the upper course of (another stream) by encroaching on its catchment area.More example sentences
- Long ago, another stream captured the headwaters of the Wind Gap stream, leaving the gap high and dry.
- Whenever one stream captures a portion of the drainage of a neighbouring stream, certain results are produced.
- Over time, the Barron River 'captured' some of the headwaters of the Mitchell River.
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- 1The action of capturing or of being captured: the capture of the city he was killed while resisting captureMore example sentences
- Apparently, the two men killed had attempted to resist capture.
- Units of the Polish underground Home Army, which had assisted in the city's capture, were arrested and in part deported.
- The military code of conduct does require that military personnel resist capture.
- 1.1 [count noun] A person or thing that has been captured: • figurative the player was a £2,200 capture from another teamMore example sentences
- The Liberal Democrats' success, disguised by strong votes in very safe Labour seats, but exemplified by some astonishing captures from the labour heartland, should be encouraging in one way.
- Just one exhibition of more than 20 that make up this year's Mois de la Photo, World Press Photo contains no shortage of similarly dismal captures.
- The captures were effected in March and early April - some 4 months before Abu Ghraib prison was re-opened by the US.
capture someone's imagination (or attention)
- Fascinate someone: the project has captured the imagination of the local publicMore example sentences
- Now, the ancient Egyptians have long captured our imagination.
- A shout in the midst of a normal voice or even a whisper will capture people's attention.
- In India, too, a comprehensive approach to rainwater harvesting has captured the nation's imagination.
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- Instead of fear she was very angry with her capturers.
- The capturers left almost no trail for them to follow.
- But she yelled with no avail, seeming she had no one to hear her, but her capturers.
mid 16th century (as a noun): from French, from Latin captura, from capt- 'seized, taken', from the verb capere.