Definition of recapture in English:



[with object]
  • 1Capture (a person or animal that has escaped)

    ‘armed police have recaptured a prisoner who's been on the run for five days’
    • ‘To monitor the effects of feather-clipping on body condition, females were recaptured and weighed on the second day of incubation and again when nestlings were 4 days old.’
    • ‘Unfortunately she was recaptured in the next town and sold into slavery.’
    • ‘‘We will be working around the clock to recapture these prisoners and bring stability to the area,’ Neer promised.’
    • ‘According to the government, he was quickly recaptured.’
    • ‘He was recaptured four years later in New Brunswick and extradited to the States.’
    • ‘Because no birds were recaptured or resighted after initial capture during the study period, we considered them to be on migratory stopover at the time of capture.’
    • ‘What are the police doing to recapture these men?’
    • ‘In 1998, Deochan escaped legal custody and fled to Venezuela, where he was recaptured.’
    • ‘He suffered numerous injuries, managed to escape from his prison, walked for two weeks through the jungle eating live frogs before he was recaptured.’
    • ‘After escaping the death camp, she was recaptured.’
    • ‘Four of the prisoners were recaptured within hours.’
    • ‘He was recaptured 30 minutes later by Gardaí and returned to Portlaoise Prison.’
    • ‘He was recaptured two weeks later, within two miles of freedom.’
    • ‘But his freedom was short-lived as his kidnappers recaptured him at a government building to which he had fled.’
    • ‘He was recaptured by the Red Army in May 1945 and was hanged on 1 August 1946.’
    • ‘‘He was recaptured after a resident spotted a suspicious-looking man wearing pyjamas in his backyard and alerted police,’ Mngconkola said.’
    • ‘He was recaptured in 1648, tried, and publicly executed in London.’
    • ‘Dunbar was, for example, to have a central role in the operation to recapture Lord Maxwell, who had escaped from Edinburgh Castle on 4 December 1607.’
    • ‘He didn't get any further than that, because he was swiftly recaptured and put back in jail.’
    • ‘After recapturing him, they said they would put him in chains, but didn't carry out the threat.’
    1. 1.1 Recover (something taken or lost)
      ‘Edward I recaptured the castle’
      ‘Leeds failed to recapture the form which had swept them to the title’
      • ‘Although government forces recaptured Bukavu on June 9, tensions remain high.’
      • ‘The coverup began in April 1943, almost immediately after the Red Army had recaptured Smolensk.’
      • ‘Ivory Coast television reports say the army has recaptured the town of Daloa one day after it was taken by rebels.’
      • ‘They controlled the castle for 127 years before it was recaptured in A.D.1271, through a military ruse, by the Arabs under the Mameluk Sultan Baybars.’
      • ‘Belleau Wood, taken in the offensive, was recaptured by the US 2nd Division, its attack led by the 4th Marine Brigade.’
      • ‘Diabolus recaptures the city but cannot take the citadel, and is presently defeated by Emmanuel.’
      • ‘Though American forces recaptured these places, it was at heavy cost to both sides.’
      • ‘When he did so, on 3 July, he had 10,000 regulars under his command, and within a week he had recaptured the peninsula and taken 6,000 prisoners.’
      • ‘He brought disassembled ships with him, recaptured the port of Aila (which the Muslims had taken in 1170), built his ships and set them to raiding.’
      • ‘Given huge portions of Asia Minor by the Treaty of Sevres, the Greeks made a terrible miscalculation, thinking they could recapture more territory and even Constantinople.’
      • ‘Having disposed of the tyrant, Heraclius recaptured Byzantium's lost eastern provinces in a brilliant military campaign against the Persians.’
      • ‘Soviet armies subsequently recaptured Lithuania in the summer of 1944.’
      • ‘According to journalists traveling with coalition forces, the battle in southern Iraq continued to rage with Iraqi forces apparently launching counterattacks to recapture lost ground.’
      • ‘He had recaptured Rochester Castle (which had been surrendered to them in September), and was poised to strike at London.’
      • ‘We have an opportunity here to recapture our territories and regain control of our river.’
      • ‘They recaptured Djibouti at the end of 1942.’
      retrieve, regain, regain possession of, get back, win back, take back, recoup, reclaim, repossess, retake, redeem
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    2. 1.2 Recreate or experience again (a past time, event, or feeling)
      ‘the programmes give viewers a chance to recapture their own childhoods’
      • ‘Like other collectors I am also trying to recapture the feelings of childhood.’
      • ‘Maybe we're all trying to recapture that feeling of acceptance.’
      • ‘It will recapture the excitement of crossing national borders that the euro eliminated.’
      • ‘It's an opportunity to brush up on a foreign language, recapture memories of a past visit and get first-hand information for that trip you've been planning.’
      • ‘I finally found a videotape of it, watched it again, and couldn't recapture the original feeling, maybe because I knew all the surprises.’
      • ‘Now she has a chance to recapture something of her lost past.’
      • ‘It is particularly popular with ‘born-again’ bikers - older motorcyclists who buy high-powered machines in a bid to recapture the thrills of their youth.’
      • ‘We're trying to recapture the romance of flight as it was in the 1920s or 30s, when flight used to be terribly exciting.’
      • ‘Many felt a need to recapture the thrill they felt during the war as members of tank units or bomber crews.’
      • ‘Re-reading it 35 years later, it's not difficult to recapture that excitement.’
      • ‘It is easy to recapture the excitement, the thrills, the joy of being the best in the land.’
      • ‘Paul Webb's one-man play has two clear aims: to recapture the lost musical world of Ivor Novello and to remind us of the post-war witch-hunt against theatrical homosexuals.’
      • ‘It's strictly for the fans, of course, but it does recapture the excitement of seeing the band live and offers a telling glimpse into why they are one of the fastest-growing pop-punk acts of the moment.’
      • ‘He can recapture the emotion of being five years old again at the store.’
      • ‘Jan looked forward to recapturing the romance of their early days.’
      • ‘I think they are greedy and trying to recapture their youth!’
      • ‘We might never recapture the raw enthusiasm of the early days, but the future looks bright.’
      • ‘The keen skier has just taken up snowboarding to try and recapture his youth.’
      • ‘This first article addresses how to recapture the romance of the Titanic era.’
      • ‘It's hard now, when that subject is so widely acknowledged as almost to have lost its distinguishing interest, to recapture the thrill of those revelations and reclamations.’


  • An act of recapturing someone or something.

    ‘the recapture of the harbour of Bahia’
    • ‘This will prevent the recapture of the reptile.’
    • ‘The recapture of Delhi by forces from the Punjab on 14 September 1857 broke the back of the mutiny.’
    • ‘Hitler ordered fifty of them shot upon recapture as a deterrent to other POWs.’
    • ‘Before his recapture, he stayed at inns or slept at video game rooms, all located in the vicinity of the two marketplaces.’
    • ‘However, it emerged last night that the government has quashed hopes of a victory parade on the scale of that staged following the recapture of the Falkland Islands in 1982.’
    • ‘During the second world war Dr Pollock served as a captain in the Black Watch and then with No 5 Commando, and took part in the D Day landings and the recapture of Mandalay.’
    • ‘Fierce fighting was reported during the recapture of the television station but the radio station was apparently given up without a struggle, with the dissidents fleeing.’
    • ‘The city had been under insurgent control since April and its recapture was seen as essential to organizing the promised January elections.’
    • ‘If the painting is moved abroad and goes underground for any length of time, then domestic police forces will only have limited time and resources to devote to its recapture.’
    • ‘He visited the town soon after its recapture and boasted to a cheering crowd that ‘We will not spare any one of the rebels’.’
    • ‘This large-scale, sophisticated operation collapsed the opposition defenses within a week, resulting in the recapture of the region.’
    • ‘This latest offensive follows the recapture of Samarra over the weekend.’
    • ‘The recapture of the city by the Greeks, in turn, brought extensive privileges to Genoa, which now began its expansion into the Black Sea region.’
    • ‘Major Hilary Evans was a prisoner of war escapee, who lived rough in Italy's hills and mountains to avoid recapture.’
    • ‘But after the ignominious recapture of a king who appeared bent on internationalizing his plight, other monarchs were alarmed.’
    • ‘The lines of communications there were focused through Seoul, and the recapture of the city promised dramatic results.’
    • ‘He thought the piece she'd written on his recapture after a jail break was particularly commendable.’
    • ‘The period following the recapture of Constantinople in 1261 was marked by liturgical consolidation and musical creativity, processes in which monasticism played a leading role.’
    • ‘On the fourth attempt he evaded recapture and, along with a group of Special Forces, took part in operations behind enemy lines and also helped fellow POWs escape.’
    • ‘The capital city of Agana was bombed heavily during the recapture of the island from the Japanese, and had to be completely rebuilt.’
    retrieval, regaining, repossession, getting back, reclamation, recouping, retaking, redemption
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