AskDefine | Define recapture

Dictionary Definition



1 a legal seizure by the government of profits beyond a fixed amount
2 the act of taking something back [syn: retaking]


1 experience anew; "She could not recapture that feeling of happiness"
2 take up anew; "The author recaptures an old idea here"
3 take back by force, as after a battle; "The military forces managed to recapture the fort" [syn: retake]
4 capture again; "recapture the escaped prisoner" [syn: retake]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The act of capturing again.
    The recapture of the escaped prisoner made the news.


  1. to capture something for a second or subsequent time, especially after a loss
    The warden hoped to recapture the escaped prisoners before they reached the town.
    ''New engine designs permit the vehicle to recapture the kinetic energy lost through braking

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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