[ kach-uhp, kech- ]
/ ˈkætʃ əp, ˈkɛtʃ- /




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Definition for catchup (2 of 2)

[ kach-uhp ]
/ ˈkætʃˌʌp /


an effort to reach or pass a norm, especially after a period of delay: After the slowdown there was a catch-up in production.
an effort to catch up with or surpass a competitor, as in a sports contest.
an instance of catching up.


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. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for catchup (1 of 2)

/ (ˈkætʃəp, ˈkɛtʃ-) /


a variant spelling (esp US) of ketchup

British Dictionary definitions for catchup (2 of 2)

catch up

verb (adverb)

(tr) to seize and take up (something) quickly
(when intr, often foll by with) to reach or pass (someone or something), after followinghe soon caught him up
(intr; usually foll by on or with) to make up for lost ground or deal with a backlog (in some specified task or activity)
(tr; often passive) to absorb or involveshe was caught up in her reading
(tr) to raise by or as if by fasteningthe 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

Idioms and Phrases with catchup

catch up


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


Also, catch up with. Come from behind, overtake. This usage can be either literal, as in You run so fast it's hard to catch up with you, or figurative, as in The auditors finally caught up with the embezzler. [Mid-1800s]


Become involved with, enthralled by, as in We all were caught up in the magical mood of that evening. [Mid-1600s]


Also, catch up on or with. Bring or get up to date, as in Let's get together soon and catch up on all the news, or Tonight I have to catch up with my correspondence. [First half of 1900s]

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