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verb [T] (CATCH)    /ˈkæp.tʃər/ US  /-tʃɚ/
B2 to take someone as a prisoner, or to take something into your possession, especially by force: Two of the soldiers were killed and the rest were captured. Rebel forces captured the city after a week-long battle.Capturing or taking possession of thingsGetting, receiving and accepting to succeed in getting something when you are competing with other people: The Democratic Party captured 70 percent of the vote.Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of things capture     noun [S or U] C1 They witnessed the capture of the city by rebel troops.Capturing or taking possession of thingsGetting, receiving and accepting
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