A freshly caught fish.
- The definition of caught means taken hold of and prevented from leaving, or spotted in the act of doing something wrong.
- When you are spotted while in the process of shoplifting, this is an example of a situation where you are caught.
- When you are trapped in an elevator that is broken, this is an example of a situation where you are caught in the elevator.
- Caught is the past tense of catch and means that someone was trapped or something that was thrown was grabbed.
- When someone threw you a ball and you grabbed it, this is an example of a situation where you caught a ball.
- When you got a fish on your rod, this is an example of a situation where you caught a fish.
Origin of caughtMiddle English cahte, cauhte
- simple past tense and past participle of catch
Variant of catch
transitive verbcaught, catching
- 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 of catchMiddle English cacchen ; from Anglo-French cachier ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form captiare ; from Classical Latin captare, to seize ; from past participle 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
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
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