Origin of catching
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).
Origin of catch
Synonyms for catch
Antonyms for catch
Related Words for catchingendemic, taking, pandemic, epidemic, communicable, dangerous, infectious, pestiferous, transferable, pestilential, epizootic, infective, miasmatic, transmittable
Examples from the Web for catching
Contemporary Examples of catching
Caen was pitching and I was crouched behind the dish, catching.Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light
January 4, 2015
It was early last week, the weather was catching up with the season.The Stacks: A Chicken Dinner That Mends Your Heart
December 7, 2014
The Common Core education standards are catching on with parents and teachers.Why Voters Love Common Core
Harold Ford Jr.
November 28, 2014
The movie, directed by Francis Lawrence, opens after the events of Catching Fire.What ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ Has in Common with ISIS Videos and Killing Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
It could also be true that she really was an insufferable lunatic afraid of catching Ebola from the plebeians.Do We Still Hate Anne Hathaway?
November 5, 2014
Historical Examples of catching
This tassel is for catching the blood and preventing it from greasing the handle.Viviette
William J. Locke
"I know not about that," said John, kicking his helmet up into the air and catching it in his hand.
Wit, lad, is a catching thing, like the itch or the sweating sickness.
At last he was sure of catching Mary Turner herself in his toils.Within the Law
He bent forward quickly and, catching her hand, held it against his lips.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
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
Word Origin for catch
1580s, of diseases, present participle adjective from catch (v.). From 1650s as "captivating." Related: Catchingly.
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.
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.
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.