[ kach-uhp, kech- ]


Other definitions for catch-up (2 of 2)

[ kach-uhp ]

  1. an effort to reach or pass a norm, especially after a period of delay: After the slowdown there was a catch-up in production.

  2. an effort to catch up with or surpass a competitor, as in a sports contest.

  1. an instance of catching up.

  1. intended to keep up with or surpass a norm or competitor: a catch-up pay raise to offset inflation.

Origin of catch-up

1835–45, Americanism; noun, adj. use of verb phrase catch up Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use catchup in a sentence

  • 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
  • He made no reply, but tried to catch up a group of officers who were moving on, very far in front of him.

    The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
  • Well, that's enough; but physics had come a long way since the classes I cut at Old Ugly, and there was a lot to catch up on.

    A Feast of Demons | William Morrison
  • I kept right busy over the indexes after Mr. Van Britt went away, just to give the boss a little chance to catch up with himself.

    The Wreckers | Francis Lynde
  • He tossed Boggs into the airlock and waited for the others to catch up.

    The Judas Valley | Gerald Vance

British Dictionary definitions for catchup (1 of 2)


/ (ˈkætʃəp, ˈkɛtʃ-) /

  1. a variant spelling (esp US) of ketchup

British Dictionary definitions for catch up (2 of 2)

catch up

  1. (tr) to seize and take up (something) quickly

  2. (when intr, often foll by with) to reach or pass (someone or something), after following: he soon caught him up

  1. (intr; usually foll by on or with) to make up for lost ground or deal with a backlog (in some specified task or activity)

  2. (tr; often passive) to absorb or involve: she was caught up in her reading

  3. (tr) to raise by or as if by fastening: the hem of her dress was caught up with ribbons

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with catchup


Suddenly snatch or lift up, as in The wind caught up the kite and sent it high above the trees. [First half of 1300s]

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