Catch means to capture or take something.verb
An example of catch is to reel in a fish.
The definition of a catch is something that one traps or a game of throwing a ball.noun
- An example of catch is a prize fish.
- An example of catch is how baseball players warm up for a game.
- to seize and hold, as after a chase; capture
- to seize or take by or as by a trap, snare, etc.
- to deceive; ensnare
- to discover by taking unawares; surprise in some act: to be caught stealing
- to strike suddenly; hit: the blow caught him in the arm
- to overtake or get to in time; be in time for: to catch a train
- to intercept the motion or action of; lay hold of; grab or snatch: to catch a ball
- to take or get as by chance or quickly: to catch someone's attention, to catch a glimpse
- Informal to manage to see, hear, find, etc.: to catch a radio program
- to take or get passively; incur or contract without intention, as by exposure: to catch the mumps
- to take in with one's mind or senses; understand; apprehend
- to show an understanding of by depicting: the statue catches her beauty
- to captivate; charm
- to cause to be entangled or snagged: to catch one's heel in a rug
- Baseball to act as catcher for (a specified pitcher, a specified game, etc.)
Origin: ME cacchen < Anglo-Fr cachier < VL *captiare < L captare, to seize < pp. of capere, to take hold: see have
- to become held, fastened, or entangled: her sleeve caught on a nail
- to take hold or spread, as fire
- to take fire; burn
- to take and keep hold, as a lock
- to act or serve as a catcher
- the act of catching
- a thing that catches or holds
- the person or thing caught
- the amount caught
- a person worth catching, esp. as a husband or wife
- a snatch, scrap, or fragment: catches of old tunes
- a break in the voice, caused by emotion
- ☆ an exercise or a simple game consisting of throwing and catching a ball
- ☆ Informal a hidden qualification; tricky condition: a catch in his offer
- Music a round for three or more unaccompanied voices
- Sports a catching of a ball in a specified manner
- Baseball the catching of a ball in flight and holding it firmly
- designed to trick; tricky: a catch question on an exam
- attracting or meant to attract attention or interest
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verb caught caught , catch·ing, catch·es verb, transitive
- To capture or seize, especially after a chase.
- To take by or as if by trapping or snaring.
- a. To discover or come upon suddenly, unexpectedly, or accidentally: He was caught in the act of stealing.b. To become cognizant or aware of suddenly: caught her gazing out the window.
- a. To take hold of, especially forcibly or suddenly; grasp: caught me by the arm; caught the reins.b. To grab so as to stop the motion of: catch a ball.
- a. To overtake: The green car caught me on the straightaway.b. To reach just in time; take: caught the bus to town; catch a wave.
- a. To hold, as by snagging or entangling.b. To cause to become suddenly or accidentally hooked, entangled, or fastened: caught my hem on the stair.c. To hold up; delay: was caught in traffic for an hour.
- To hit; strike: a punch that caught me in the stomach.
- To check (oneself) during an action: I caught myself before replying.
- To become subject to or to contract, as by exposure to a pathogen: catch a cold.
- a. To become affected by or infused with: caught the joyous mood of the festival.b. To suffer from the receipt of (criticism, for example): caught hell for being late.
- a. To take or get suddenly, momentarily, or quickly: We caught a glimpse of the monarch.b. To hear or listen to: caught the news bulletin on the radio; didn't catch the end of your sentence
- a. To grasp mentally; apprehend: I don't catch your meaning.b. To apprehend and reproduce accurately by or as if by artistic means: an impressionist who caught the effects of wind and water in his paintings.
- To attract and fix; arrest: couldn't catch their attention; caught the teacher's eye.
- To charm; captivate.
- To deceive: failed to be caught by their fraudulent schemes.
- a. Informal To go to see (a performance, for example): caught the midnight show.b. To get (something required), usually quickly or for a brief period: catch some sleep.
- To become held, entangled, or fastened: My coat caught in the car door.
- To act or move so as to hold or grab someone or something: tried to catch at the life preserver.
- To be communicable or infectious; spread.
- To ignite: The fire caught.
- Baseball To act as catcher.
- The act of catching; a taking and holding.
- Something that catches, especially a device for fastening or for checking motion.
- a. Something caught: The mistake you found was a good catch.b. Informal One that is worth having, especially an attractive or admirable marital partner.
- Sports a. The grabbing and holding of a thrown, kicked, or batted ball before it hits the ground.b. A game of throwing and catching a ball.
- A quantity that is caught: The catch amounted to 50 fish.
- A choking or stoppage of the breath or voice.
- A stop or break in the operation of a mechanism.
- A tricky or previously unsuspected condition or drawback: It sounds like a good offer, but there may be a catch.
- A snatch; a fragment.
- Music A canonic, often rhythmically intricate composition for three or more voices, popular especially in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Origin: Middle English cacchen, from Old North French cachier, to chase, from Latin captāre, frequentative of capere, to seize; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
- catchˈa·ble adjective
catch - Phrases/Idioms
catch as catch can
- to try to catch
- to reach for eagerly; seize desperately
- to grasp the meaning; understand
- to become fashionable or popular
- to take or lift up suddenly; seize; snatch
- to show to be in error
- to come up even, as by hurrying or by extra work; overtake
- to fasten in loops
catch up on
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- To ignite.
- To become very enthusiastic.
- To become the subject of great interest and widespread enthusiasm: an idea that caught fire all over the country.
catch (one's) breath
catch up with
- To find or arrest after a period of pursuit: The police finally caught up with him in Omaha.
- To have unpleasant consequences for, especially after a period of quiesence: mistakes that caught up with him when he ran for President.
catch you later