• An act of capturing; a seizing by force or stratagem.
  • The securing of an object of strife or desire, as by the power of some attraction.
  • Something that has been captured; a captive.
  • The recording or storage of something for later playback.
  • A particular match found for a pattern in a text string.


  • To take control of; to seize by force or stratagem.
  • To store (as in sounds or image) for later revisitation.
  • To reproduce convincingly.
  • To remove or take control of an opponent’s piece in a game (e.g., chess, go, checkers).


  • Borrowed from Middle French capture, from Latin captūra.

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