capture

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Pronunciation[change]

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  • Hyphenation: cap‧ture

Verb[change]

Plain form
capture

Third-person singular
captures

Past tense
captured

Past participle
captured

Present participle
capturing

  1. (transitive) If you capture a person or animal, you catch them and do not let them go free.
    Keith Maupin is the first American soldier captured in Iraq.
    The boys captured a frog, but let it go.
  2. (transitive) If an army, a team, etc. captures a place or an object, it takes control of it.
    The Christians captured the holy city of Jerusalem.
    My rook was captured.
  3. (transitive) If you capture an image, a sound, or a feeling, you show it clearly in your picture, movie, art, etc.
    She captured the beautiful scenery of the hills with her camera.
    His film adaptation captured the spirit of the original work.
  4. (transitive) If something captures your imagination, it makes you interested in it.
    A good science teacher captures the imagination of children with experiments.
  5. (transitive) If somebody captures your heart, you fall in love with them.
    The beautiful sight of the daffodils captured Wordsworth's heart.
  6. (transitive) If something captures the headlines, it is a big story in the news.

Noun[change]

Singular
capture

Plural
captures

  1. (uncountable) The capture of something is when you get it and do not let it go free.
    The capture of the thief was well planned.
    She died just 18 days after her capture.