On Sunday the publisher was caught flat-footed and scrambling to respond to the leak.
Until the shooter is caught, journalists and bankers in Paris will be especially on edge.
Police have advised women to walk in pairs until the assailant is caught.
The senator from Nevada, a married man, was caught having an affair with another staff member.
I caught up on about five or six episodes in one weekend just so I could be on the same page as everyone else in the room.
Her voice broke here, but she caught her breath and went right on.
Her husband was starting a ranch and I caught him stealing water.
Maria swayed forward at these words, and Mrs. Allen caught her in her arms.
So then, spite of my care and foresight, I am caught, caught in my security.
And there are those who say that if Mallalieu's caught—as he will be—he'll split on you.
past tense and past participle of catch (v.), attested from 14c., predominant after c.1800, replacing earlier catched. A rare instance of English strong verb with a French origin. This might have been by influence of Middle English lacchen (see latch (v.)), which also then meant "to catch" and was a synonym of catch (as their noun forms remain), and which then had past tense forms lahte, lauhte, laught. The influence happened before latch switched to its modern weak conjugation.
c.1200, "to take, capture," from Anglo-French or Old North French cachier "catch, capture" (animals) (Old French chacier "hunt, pursue, drive (animals)," Modern French chasser "to hunt;" making it a doublet of chase (v.)), from Vulgar Latin *captiare "try to seize, chase" (also source of Spanish cazar, Italian cacciare), from Latin captare "to take, hold," frequentative of Latin capere "to take, hold" (see capable).
Senses in early Middle English also included "chase, hunt," which later went with chase (v.). Of infections from 1540s; of fire from 1734; of sleep, etc., from early 14c. Related: Catched (obsolete); catching; caught.
Meaning "act as a catcher in baseball" recorded from 1865. To catch on "apprehend" is 1884, American English colloquial. To catch (someone's) eye is first attested 1813, in Jane Austen. Catch as catch can first attested late 14c.
late 14c., "device to hold a latch of a door," also "a trap;" also "a fishing vessel," from catch (v.). Meaning "action of catching" attested from 1570s. Meaning "that which is caught or worth catching" (later especially of spouses) is from 1590s. Sense of "hidden cost, qualification, etc." is slang first recorded 1855 in P.T. Barnum.