re·cap·ture / rēˈkapchər/ • v. [tr.] capture (a person or animal that has escaped): armed police have recaptured a prisoner who's been on the run for five days. ∎ recover (something previously captured by an enemy): Edward I recaptured the castle. ∎ regain (something that has been lost): Democrats might recapture both the House and the Senate. ∎ recreate or experience again (a past time, event, or feeling): the programs give viewers a chance to recapture their own childhoods.• n. [in sing.] an act of recapturing.