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verb [transitive] capture pronunciation in American English /ˈkæptʃər/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecapturing
past tensecaptured
past participlecaptured
  1. 1
    to catch someone so that they become your prisoner

    Most of the men had been either killed or captured.

    1. a.
      to catch an animal

      Police officers finally cornered and captured the dog.

  2. 2
    to get equipment or control of a place from your enemy during a war

    Rebel forces captured the village.

    They captured or destroyed over 400 tanks.

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    1. a.
      to get control of something from an opponent in business or politics

      Japanese firms have now captured over 50% of the market.

      Democrats had hoped to capture a larger share of the vote.

      Synonyms and related words for this sense of capture
  3. 3
    to express what someone or something is really like in a way that people can clearly recognize

    The movie succeeds in capturing the mood of the 1960s.

    The artist has captured her perfectly.

  4. 4
    to record an event in a movie or photograph

    The whole incident was captured by a young American photographer.

    capture something on film/camera/video:

    The idea was to capture on film how the countryside was changing.

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