—v.t. 1. to take by force or stratagem; take prisoner; seize: The police captured the burglar. 2. to gain control of or exert influence over: an ad that captured our attention; a TV show that captured 30% of the prime-time audience. 3. to take possession of, as in a game or contest: to capture a pawn in chess. 4. to represent or record in lasting form: The movie succeeded in capturing the atmosphere of Berlin in the 1930s. 5. Computers. a. to enter (data) into a computer for processing or storage.
b. to record (data) in preparation for such entry.
—n. 1. the act of capturing.
2. the thing or person captured.
3. Physics.the process in which an atomic or nuclear system acquires an additional particle.
4. Crystall.substitution in a crystal lattice of a trace element for an element of lower valence.