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verb [transitive] capture pronunciation in British English /ˈkæptʃə(r)/
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present tense
present participlecapturing
past tensecaptured
past participlecaptured
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  1. 2
    to get equipment or control of a place from your enemy during a war

    They captured or destroyed over 400 tanks.

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

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

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

  2. 3
    to express what someone or something is really like in a way that people can clearly recognize

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

  3. 4
    to record an event in a film 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.

  4. 5
    computing to put information or pictures into a form that can be used by a computer
  5. 6
    in a game such as chess, to win the right to remove one of your opponent’s pieces

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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