Definition for catching (2 of 2)
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
Examples from the Web for catching
Caen was pitching and I was crouched behind the dish, catching.
It was early last week, the weather was catching up with the season.The Stacks: A Chicken Dinner That Mends Your Heart|Pete Dexter|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Common Core education standards are catching on with parents and teachers.
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|Marlow Stern|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It could also be true that she really was an insufferable lunatic afraid of catching Ebola from the plebeians.
They use these almadias for catching fish, and for transporting themselves up or down the river.
Sam uttered an uncontrollable howl and sprang upon Penrod, catching him round the waist.Penrod and Sam|Booth Tarkington
After the dance had continued about an hour, the two ladies, who were apprehensive of catching cold, moved to break up the ball.The Vicar of Wakefield|Oliver Goldsmith
"I lost three good hours' sleep this morning on the chance of catching you here at table," the editor went on.The Wreckers|Francis Lynde
During the rest of the four-and-twenty hours it seemed to be occupied by a solitary angler, catching chiefly seaweed.Mr. Punch at the Seaside|Various
British Dictionary definitions for catching (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for catching (2 of 2)
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
Word Origin and History for catching (1 of 3)
1580s, of diseases, present participle adjective from catch (v.). From 1650s as "captivating." Related: Catchingly.
Word Origin and History for catching (1 of 3)
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.
Word Origin and History for catching (2 of 3)
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.
Idioms and Phrases with catching
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.