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’
    • ‘In 1998, Deochan escaped legal custody and fled to Venezuela, where he was recaptured.’
    • ‘After recapturing him, they said they would put him in chains, but didn't carry out the threat.’
    • ‘He was recaptured 30 minutes later by Gardaí and returned to Portlaoise Prison.’
    • ‘What are the police doing to recapture these men?’
    • ‘He didn't get any further than that, because he was swiftly recaptured and put back in jail.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 suffered numerous injuries, managed to escape from his prison, walked for two weeks through the jungle eating live frogs before he was recaptured.’
    • ‘Four of the prisoners were recaptured within hours.’
    • ‘‘He was recaptured after a resident spotted a suspicious-looking man wearing pyjamas in his backyard and alerted police,’ Mngconkola said.’
    • ‘‘We will be working around the clock to recapture these prisoners and bring stability to the area,’ Neer promised.’
    • ‘But his freedom was short-lived as his kidnappers recaptured him at a government building to which he had fled.’
    • ‘He was recaptured four years later in New Brunswick and extradited to the States.’
    • ‘After escaping the death camp, she was recaptured.’
    • ‘He was recaptured in 1648, tried, and publicly executed in London.’
    • ‘He was recaptured two weeks later, within two miles of freedom.’
    • ‘Unfortunately she was recaptured in the next town and sold into slavery.’
    • ‘According to the government, he was quickly recaptured.’
    • ‘He was recaptured by the Red Army in May 1945 and was hanged on 1 August 1946.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The coverup began in April 1943, almost immediately after the Red Army had recaptured Smolensk.’
      • ‘Although government forces recaptured Bukavu on June 9, tensions remain high.’
      • ‘Diabolus recaptures the city but cannot take the citadel, and is presently defeated by Emmanuel.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He had recaptured Rochester Castle (which had been surrendered to them in September), and was poised to strike at London.’
      • ‘Ivory Coast television reports say the army has recaptured the town of Daloa one day after it was taken by rebels.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They recaptured Djibouti at the end of 1942.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We have an opportunity here to recapture our territories and regain control of our river.’
      • ‘Though American forces recaptured these places, it was at heavy cost to both sides.’
      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.’
      • ‘We might never recapture the raw enthusiasm of the early days, but the future looks bright.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Jan looked forward to recapturing the romance of their early days.’
      • ‘I think they are greedy and trying to recapture their youth!’
      • ‘This first article addresses how to recapture the romance of the Titanic era.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Maybe we're all trying to recapture that feeling of acceptance.’
      • ‘Now she has a chance to recapture something of her lost past.’
      • ‘It will recapture the excitement of crossing national borders that the euro eliminated.’
      • ‘He can recapture the emotion of being five years old again at the store.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The keen skier has just taken up snowboarding to try and recapture his youth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many felt a need to recapture the thrill they felt during the war as members of tank units or bomber crews.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I finally found a videotape of it, watched it again, and couldn't recapture the original feeling, maybe because I knew all the surprises.’


  • An act of recapturing someone or something.

    ‘the recapture of the harbour of Bahia’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 recapture of Delhi by forces from the Punjab on 14 September 1857 broke the back of the mutiny.’
    • ‘This latest offensive follows the recapture of Samarra over the weekend.’
    • ‘But after the ignominious recapture of a king who appeared bent on internationalizing his plight, other monarchs were alarmed.’
    • ‘The capital city of Agana was bombed heavily during the recapture of the island from the Japanese, and had to be completely rebuilt.’
    • ‘He thought the piece she'd written on his recapture after a jail break was particularly commendable.’
    • ‘Before his recapture, he stayed at inns or slept at video game rooms, all located in the vicinity of the two marketplaces.’
    • ‘Hitler ordered fifty of them shot upon recapture as a deterrent to other POWs.’
    • ‘The city had been under insurgent control since April and its recapture was seen as essential to organizing the promised January elections.’
    • ‘The lines of communications there were focused through Seoul, and the recapture of the city promised dramatic results.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This will prevent the recapture of the reptile.’
    • ‘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.’
    retrieval, regaining, repossession, getting back, reclamation, recouping, retaking, redemption
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