Meaning of CAPTURE in English


I. ˈkap-chər, -shər noun

Etymology: Middle French, from Latin captura, from captus

Date: circa 1542

1. : an act or instance of capturing: as

a. : an act of catching, winning, or gaining control by force, stratagem, or guile

b. : a move in a board game (as chess or checkers) that gains an opponent's piece

c. : the absorption by an atom, nucleus, or particle of a subatomic particle that often results in subsequent emission of radiation or in fission

d. : the act of recording in a permanent file

data capture

2. : one that has been taken (as a prize ship)

II. transitive verb

( cap·tured ; cap·tur·ing ˈkap-chə-riŋ, ˈkap-shriŋ)

Date: 1574


a. : to take captive ; also : to gain control of especially by force

capture a city

b. : to gain or win especially through effort

captured 60 percent of the vote


a. : to emphasize, represent, or preserve (as a scene, mood, or quality) in a more or less permanent form

at any such moment as a photograph might capture — C. E. Montague

b. : to record in a permanent file (as in a computer)

3. : to captivate and hold the interest of

4. : to take according to the rules of a game

5. : to bring about the capture of (a subatomic particle)

Synonyms: see catch

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.