An example of catch up is scheduling three meetings back to back after a vacation.
play catch-up (ball)
- 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.