verb (used with object), caught, catch·ing.
verb (used without object), caught, catch·ing.
- to become popular: That new song is beginning to catch on.
- to grasp mentally; understand: You'd think he'd catch on that he's boring us.
- New England. (in cooking) to scorch or burn slightly; sear: A pot roast is better if allowed to catch on.
- to lift or snatch suddenly: Leaves were caught up in the wind.
- to bring or get up to date (often followed by on or with): to catch up on one's reading.
- to come up to or overtake (something or someone) (usually followed by with): to catch up with the leader in a race.
- to become involved or entangled with: caught up in the excitement of the crowd.
- to point out to (a person) minor errors, untruths, etc. (usually followed by on): We caught the teacher up on a number of factual details.
- Falconry. to capture for further training (a hawk that has been flown at hack).
- South Midland and Southern U.S. to harness (a horse or mule).
SYNONYMS FOR catch
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Idioms for catch
Origin of catch
synonym study for catch
OTHER WORDS FROM catchcatch·a·ble, adjectiveoutcatch, verb (used with object), out·caught, out·catch·ing.un·catch·a·ble, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for catch
Canix caught the eye of several critical investors in its short life.Canix aims to ease cannabis cultivators’ regulatory bookkeeping|Matt Burns|September 17, 2020|TechCrunch
How to vote in your stateOn the pandemic, fears of becoming infected persist, with more than 6 in 10 Minnesota voters “very” or “somewhat” worried about an immediate family member catching the novel coronavirus.Post-ABC poll and others suggest Minnesota has shifted since 2016, but by how much?|Scott Clement, Dan Balz|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
To find out more about how his company is navigating through current challenges and what the future holds for business travel, Fortune recently caught up with Cohen—several weeks after the CEO made his first work trip in months.Are you ready to start traveling for work again? TripActions’ CEO is banking on it|Michal Lev-Ram, writer|September 15, 2020|Fortune
The engineers are working hard to meet their deadlines, and this reporter even caught Gil pulling aside some engineers to tell them to remember to take time off.IBM plans a huge leap in superfast quantum computing by 2023|rhhackettfortune|September 15, 2020|Fortune
It didn’t take me long to realize that catching star-nosed moles did not include hopping from stone to stone along clear mountain streams like a wood elf.How to hunt for star-nosed moles (and their holes)|Kenneth Catania|September 15, 2020|Popular Science
They all immediately dashed out to their car to catch the bad guys.
“The government just wanted to catch the big fish [in the Juarez cartel] and they ignored everything in between,” Lozoya said.
From a lyrical standpoint, there are precious few that can catch Kendrick.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More|Marlow Stern|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With Rick, I think the culture just lags behind great artists much of the time, and it takes time for it to catch up.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange|Marlow Stern|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Phone lines would catch fire from the velocity and ferocity of his words.David Garth, the Consultant Who Talked Up to Voters|Jeff Greenfield|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
While you were admiring the long roll of the wave, a sudden spray would be dashed over you, and make you catch your breath!Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
If I could catch Laura's eye—but I suppose it would hardly be decent to go just yet.
Then Squinty would toss the apple up in the air, off his nose, and catch it as it came down.Squinty the Comical Pig|Richard Barnum
But what if I catch the fish by using a hired boat and a hired net, or by buying worms as bait from some one who has dug them?The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
We nearly played our horses out galloping around looking for you—after we'd gone a mile or so, and you didn't catch up.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for catch
verb catches, catching or caught
- to grasp or attempt to grasp
- to take advantage (of), esp eagerlyhe caught at the chance
- a concealed, unexpected, or unforeseen drawback or handicap
- (as modifier)a catch question
Derived forms of catchcatchable, adjective
Word Origin for catch
Idioms and Phrases with catch
In addition to the idioms beginning with catch
- catch as catch can
- catch at
- catch a Tartar
- catch cold
- catch fire
- catch in the act
- catch it
- catch napping
- catch off guard
- catch on
- catch one's breath
- catch one's death (of cold)
- catch red-handed
- catch sight of
- catch someone's eye
- catch some rays
- catch some z's
- catch the drift
- catch up
- early bird catches the worm
- get (catch) the drift
- takes one to know one (a thief to catch a thief)
Also see undercaught.