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Definition of Catch
Verb: catch (caught) kach
- Discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly; catch somebody doing something or in a certain state
"She caught her son eating candy"; "She was caught shoplifting"
- Perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily
"I caught the aroma of coffee"; "He caught the allusion in her glance"; "ears open to catch every sound"; "Catch a glimpse";
- pick up
- Reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot
"the rock caught her in the back of the head"; "The punch caught him in the stomach";
- Take hold of so as to seize, restrain or stop the motion of
"Catch the ball!";
- grab, take hold of
- Succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase
"Did you catch the thief?";
- get, capture
- To hook or entangle
"One foot caught in the stirrup";
- Attract and fix
"His look caught her"; "She caught his eye"; "Catch the attention of the waiter";
- arrest, get
- Capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
"I caught a rabbit in the trap today";
- Reach in time
"I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock"
- Get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly
"Catch some sleep"; "catch one's breath"
- Catch up with and possibly overtake
"The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp";
- overtake, catch up with
- Be struck or affected by
"catch fire"; "catch the mood"
- Check oneself during an action
"She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind"
- Hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers
"We caught the conversation at the next table";
- take in, overhear
- Look at and follow all (or part of) something being shown or performed
"Catch a show on Broadway";
- watch, view, see, take in
- Cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled
"I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles"
- Detect a blunder or misstep
"The reporter caught the senator";
- trip up
- Grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of
"did you catch that allusion?"; "We caught something of his theory in the lecture"; "don't catch your meaning";
"did you catch a cold?"
- Start burning
"The fire caught"
- Perceive by hearing
"I didn't catch your name";
- Suffer from the receipt of
"She will catch hell for this behaviour!";
- Attract; cause to be enamoured
"She caught all the men's hearts";
- capture, enamour [Brit, Cdn], trance, becharm [archaic], enamor [US], captivate, beguile, charm, fascinate, bewitch, entrance, enchant
- Apprehend and reproduce accurately
"She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings";
- Take in and retain
"We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater"
- Spread or be communicated
"The fashion did not catch"
- (baseball) be the catcher
"Who is catching?"
- Become aware of
"he caught her staring out the window"
- Delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned
"I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting"
- A drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident
"it sounds good but what's the catch?";
- The quantity that was caught
"the catch was only 10 fish";
- A person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect
- Anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching)
"he shared his catch with the others"
- A break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)
- A restraint that checks the motion of something
"he used a book as a catch to hold the door open";
- A fastener that fastens or locks a door or window
- A cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth
"he played catch with his son in the backyard"
- The act of catching an object with the hands
"Mays made the catch with his back to the plate";
- grab, snatch, snap
- The act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
"the policeman on the beat got credit for the catch";
- apprehension, arrest, collar, pinch, taking into custody
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