- The definition of catch up is the actions completed to get back on schedule.
An example of catch up is scheduling three meetings back to back after a vacation.
catch-up definition by Webster's New World
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of or having to do with catching up
catch-up definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- An approach or strategy intended to overcome a disadvantage or lead: The competition will be playing catch-up for the rest of the season.
- An increase intended to bring an amount or rate up to a standard: “the statutory catch-up of Social Security benefits with the cost of living” (Nation).
- catchˈ-upˌ adjective
catch-up - Phrases/Idioms
Suddenly snatch or lift up, as in The wind caught up the kite and sent it high above the trees. [First half of 1300s]
Also, catch up with. Come from behind, overtake. This usage can be either literal, as in You run so fast it's hard to catch up with you, or figurative, as in The auditors finally caught up with the embezzler. [Mid-1800s]
Become involved with, enthralled by, as in We all were caught up in the magical mood of that evening. [Mid-1600s]
Also, catch up on or with. Bring or get up to date, as in Let's get together soon and catch up on all the news, or Tonight I have to catch up with my correspondence. [First half of 1900s]
play catch-up (ball)â
to try to equal or surpass one's opponent in competition, as a ballgame, in which one is behind