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English noun: capture

1. capture (act) the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property

Synonymsgaining control, seizure

Broader (hypernym)acquiring, getting

Narrower (hyponym)apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, conquering, conquest, enslavement, pinch, subjection, subjugation, taking into custody, usurpation

2. capture (process) a process whereby a star or planet holds an object in its gravitational field

Broader (hypernym)action, activity, natural action, natural process

3. capture (process) any process in which an atomic or nuclear system acquires an additional particle

Broader (hypernym)action, activity, natural action, natural process

4. capture (act) the act of taking of a person by force


Broader (hypernym)felony

Narrower (hyponym)abduction, kidnapping, snatch

5. capture (act) the removal of an opponent's piece from the chess board

Broader (hypernym)chess move

Narrower (hyponym)en passant, exchange, exchange

English verb: capture

1. capture (creation) succeed in representing or expressing something intangible

SamplesCapture the essence of Spring.
Capture an idea.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)interpret, represent

Narrower (hyponym)recapture

2. capture (emotion) attract; cause to be enamored

SamplesShe captured all the men's hearts.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to capture Sue

Synonymsbecharm, beguile, bewitch, captivate, catch, charm, enamor, enamour, enchant, entrance, fascinate, trance

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)appeal, attract

Narrower (hyponym)hold, work

3. capture (contact) succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase

SamplesWe finally got the suspect.
Did you catch the thief?.

Synonymscatch, get

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)clutch, prehend, seize

Narrower (hyponym)lasso, recapture, retake, rope

4. capture (possession) bring about the capture of an elementary particle or celestial body and causing it enter a new orbit

SamplesThis nucleus has captured the slow-moving neutrons.
The star captured a comet.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

5. capture (possession) take possession of by force, as after an invasion

SamplesThe invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants.
The army seized the town.
The militia captured the castle.

Synonymsappropriate, conquer, seize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody

Broader (hypernym)arrogate, assume, seize, take over, usurp

Narrower (hyponym)carry

6. capture (contact) capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping

SamplesI caught a rabbit in the trap today.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)acquire, get

Narrower (hyponym)bag, batfowl, ensnare, entrap, frog, hunt, hunt down, rat, run, snare, track down, trammel, trap

Verb groupcatch

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