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Definition of capture verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they capture
    he / she / it captures
    past simple captured
    -ing form capturing
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  1. 1to catch a person or an animal and keep them as a prisoner or in a place they cannot escape from 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. 2capture something to take control of a place, building, etc. using force The city was captured in 1941.
  4. 3capture 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 someone interested
  6. 4capture somebody's attention/imagination/interest to make someone interested in something They use puppets to capture the imagination of younger audiences.
  7. feeling/atmosphere
  8. 5capture something to succeed in accurately expressing a feeling, an atmosphere, etc. in a picture, piece of writing, movie, etc. synonym catch The article captured the mood of the nation.
  9. film/record/paint
  10. 6[often passive] capture somebody or something on film/tape/canvas, etc. to film/record/paint, etc. someone or something The attack was captured on film by security cameras.
  11. someone's heart
  12. 7capture somebody's heart to make someone love you
  13. computing
  14. 8capture something to put something into a computer in a form it can use
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: capture