play catch-up (ball)
An example of catch up is scheduling three meetings back to back after a vacation.
- 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 )
(third-person singular simple present catches up, present participle catching up, simple past and past participle caught up)
- To pick up suddenly.
- To entangle.
- The speaker wires have got caught up with the wires from the lights.
- (intransitive) To be brought up to date with news.
- I hadn't seen her for so long. It was great to catch up.
- (intransitive) To reach something that had been ahead
- Rose was three seconds behind, but managed to catch up with the race leader and eventually won.
- (intransitive) To compensate for or make up a deficiency.
- (intransitive) To get news
- (intransitive) To finally reach something inevitable.
(plural catch ups)
- An act of catching up or attempting to catch up.
- An amount, a thing, or a receipt or repetition of information that enables one to catch up.
- It is not certain if iron supplementation of children with reduced intelligence, due to iron-deficiency anemia in infancy, has any influence in allowing a "catch-up" in intellectual development.
- Secondly, updates can brief you on the complete plotline or background on a particular character, so that you can get more of a catch-up experience if you are just starting to watch one of the CBS soaps for the first time.
- Those babies who don't catch-up at various periods during the first three years typically continue to show developmental delays and other medical problems.
- Since these infants are underweight and undersized at birth, these charts make allowances for the amount of catch-up growth that may be involved.
- For new students, the slower dances are also a great learning point, as they are steady enough to allow for catch-up time.