Definition of capture in English:
1Take into one’s possession or control by force:the island was captured by Australian forces in 1914
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 knight
1.2Astronomy (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 planetesimals
2Record accurately in words or pictures:she did a series of sketches, trying to capture all his moods
3Cause (data) to be stored in a computer:these allow users to capture, edit, and display geographic data
4Physics Absorb (an atomic or subatomic particle):the free electrons were moving too rapidly to be captured by nuclei
5(Of a stream) divert the upper course of (another stream) by encroaching on its catchment area.
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1The action of capturing or of being captured:the capture of the cityhe was killed while resisting capture
1.1[COUNT NOUN] A person or thing that has been captured:figurative the player was a £2,200 capture from another team
capture someone’s imagination (or attention)
Fascinate someone:the project has captured the imagination of the local public
Mid 16th century (as a noun): from French, from Latin captura, from capt- ‘seized, taken’, from the verb capere.
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