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

 

caption

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈkæpʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæpʃn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they caption
BrE BrE//ˈkæpʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæpʃn//
 
he / she / it captions
BrE BrE//ˈkæpʃnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæpʃnz//
 
past simple captioned
BrE BrE//ˈkæpʃnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæpʃnd//
 
past participle captioned
BrE BrE//ˈkæpʃnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæpʃnd//
 
-ing form captioning
BrE BrE//ˈkæpʃnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæpʃnɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] caption something to write a caption for a picture, photograph, etc. The cartoon was captioned ‘The English abroad’. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘seizing, capture’): from Latin captio(n-), from capere ‘take, seize’. Early senses ‘arrest’ and ‘warrant for arrest’ gave rise to ‘statement of where, when, and by whose authority a warrant was issued’ (late 17th cent.): this was usually attached to a legal document, hence the sense ‘heading or accompanying wording’ (late 18th cent.).
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