Definition of capture verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkæptʃə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæptʃər//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they capture
    BrE BrE//ˈkæptʃə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæptʃər//
    he / she / it captures
    BrE BrE//ˈkæptʃəz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæptʃərz//
    past simple captured
    BrE BrE//ˈkæptʃəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæptʃərd//
    past participle captured
    BrE BrE//ˈkæptʃəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæptʃərd//
    -ing form capturing
    BrE BrE//ˈkæptʃərɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæptʃərɪŋ//
    Showing interest
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  1. 1  to catch a person or an animal and keep them as a prisoner or in a confined space capture somebody Allied troops captured over 300 enemy soldiers. capture something The animals are captured in nets and sold to local zoos.
  2. take control
  3. 2  capture something to take control of a place, building, etc. using force The city was captured in 1941.
  4. 3  capture something to succeed in getting control of something that other people are also trying to control The company has captured 90% of the market.
  5. make somebody interested
  6. 4capture somebody’s attention/imagination/interest to make somebody interested in something They use puppets to capture the imagination of younger audiences. See related entries: Showing interest
  7. feeling/atmosphere
  8. 5capture something to succeed in accurately expressing a feeling, an atmosphere, etc. in a picture, piece of writing, film/movie, etc. synonym catch The article captured the mood of the nation.
  9. film/record/paint
  10. 6[often passive] capture somebody/something on film/tape/canvas, etc. to film/record/paint, etc. somebody/something The attack was captured on film by security cameras.
  11. somebody’s heart
  12. 7capture somebody’s heart to make somebody love you
  13. computing
  14. 8capture something to put something into a computer in a form it can use
  15. Word Originmid 16th cent. (as a noun): from French, from Latin captura, from capt- ‘seized, taken’, from the verb capere.Extra examples That description captures perfectly the feeling of being invisible. The exhibition on India fails to capture the great diversity of this fascinating country. He led the party that captured the enemy’s flag.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: capture