[ kach-uh p, kech- ]
/ ˈkætʃ əp, ˈkɛtʃ- /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for catchup

/ (ˈkætʃəp, ˈkɛtʃ-) /


a variant spelling (esp US) of ketchup
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