cap|ture1 W3 [ˈkæptʃə US -ər] v [T]
2¦(place/thing )¦
5 capture somebody's imagination/attention etc
6 capture somebody's heart
8 capture the headlines
1.) ¦(PERSON)¦
to catch a person and keep them as a prisoner
Government troops have succeeded in capturing the rebel leader.
40 captured French soldiers
2.) ¦(PLACE/THING )¦
to get control of a place or object that previously belonged to an enemy, during a war
The town was captured after a siege lasting ten days.
The Dutch fleet captured two English ships.
3.) ¦(ANIMAL)¦
to catch an animal after chasing or following it
The tiger was finally captured two miles outside the village.
to succeed in recording, showing, or describing a situation or feeling, using words or pictures
These photographs capture the essence of working-class life at the turn of the century.
The robbery was captured on police video cameras.
5.) capture sb's imagination/attention etc
to make someone feel very interested in something
His stories of foreign adventure captured my imagination.
6.) capture sb's heart
to make someone love you
to get something that previously belonged to one of your competitors
We aim to capture eight percent of the UK wine market.
Republicans captured three Senate seats that had been held by Democrats.
8.) capture the headlines
to be talked or written about a lot in the newspapers or on television
Irvine Welsh first captured the headlines with his novel 'Trainspotting'.
9.) ¦(COMPUTER)¦
technical to put something in a form that a computer can use
The data is captured by an optical scanner.
10.) ¦(CHESS)¦
to remove one of your opponent's pieces from the board in ↑chess
capture 2
capture2 n [U]
[Date: 1500-1600; : French; Origin: Latin captura, from captus; CAPTIVE1]
1.) when you catch someone in order to make them a prisoner
The two soldiers somehow managed to avoid capture.
2.) when soldiers get control of a place that previously belonged to an enemy
capture of
the capture of Jerusalem in 1099
3.) when you get control of something that previously belonged to one of your competitors
4.) when you put information into a form a computer can use

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