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(1)   The act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property
(2)   The removal of an opponent's piece from the chess board
(3)   The act of taking of a person by force
(4)   Any process in which an atomic or nuclear system acquires an additional particle
(5)   A process whereby a star or planet holds an object in its gravitational field


(6)   Succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase
"We finally got the suspect"
"Did you catch the thief?"
(7)   Capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
"I caught a rabbit in the trap toady"
(8)   Succeed in representing or expressing something intangible
"Capture the essence of Spring"
"Capture an idea"
(9)   Attract; cause to be enamored
"She captured all the men's hearts"
(10)   Take possession of by force, as after an invasion
"The invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants"
"The army seized the town"
"The militia captured the castle"
(11)   Bring about the capture of an elementary particle or celestial body and causing it enter a new orbit
"This nucleus has captured the slow-moving neutrons"
"The star captured a comet"


  1. To take control of.
  2. To store (as in sounds or image) for later revisitation
    • She captured the sounds of a subway station on tape.
    • She captured the details of the fresco in a series of photographs.
  3. To reproduce convincingly.
    • His film adaptation captured the spirit of the original work.
    • In her latest masterpiece, she captured the essence of Venice.
  4. To remove or take control of an opponent’s piece in a game (e.g., chess, go, checkers.)
    My pawn was captured.
    He captured his opponent’s queen on the 15th move.


  • 1954, Fred Reinfeld, How to Be a Winner at Chess, page 63, Hanover House (Garden City, NY)
    How deeply ingrained capturing is in the mind of a chess master can be seen from this story.

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