[ UK /kˈæt‍ʃ/ ]
[ US /ˈkætʃ/ ]
  1. get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly
    catch one's breath
    Catch some sleep
  2. become aware of
    he caught her staring out the window
  3. cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled
    I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles
  4. perceive by hearing
    She didn't get his name when they met the first time
    I didn't catch your name
  5. to hook or entangle
    One foot caught in the stirrup
  6. perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily
    ears open to catch every sound
    He caught the allusion in her glance
    Catch a glimpse
    The dog picked up the scent
    I caught the aroma of coffee
  7. delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned
    I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting
  8. spread or be communicated
    The fashion did not catch
  9. catch up with and possibly overtake
    The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp
  10. take in and retain
    We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater
  11. discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly; catch somebody doing something or in a certain state
    She caught her son eating candy
    She was caught shoplifting
  12. grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of
    did you get it?
    don't catch your meaning
    I just don't get him
    We caught something of his theory in the lecture
    She didn't get the joke
    did you get it?
    did you catch that allusion?
  13. be struck or affected by
    catch fire
    catch the mood
  14. be the catcher
    Who is catching?
  15. apprehend and reproduce accurately
    She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings
    She got the mood just right in her photographs
  16. start burning
    The fire caught
  17. hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers
    We overheard the conversation at the next table
  18. take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of
    Grab the elevator door!
    Catch the ball!
  19. attract and fix
    His look caught her
    She caught his eye
    Catch the attention of the waiter
  20. contract
    did you catch a cold?
  21. reach in time
    I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock
  22. suffer from the receipt of
    She will catch hell for this behavior!
  23. detect a blunder or misstep
    The reporter tripped up the senator
  24. capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
    I caught a rabbit in the trap today
  25. reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot
    the rock caught her in the back of the head
    The punch caught him in the stomach
    The blow got him in the back
  26. attract; cause to be enamored
    She captured all the men's hearts
  27. succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase
    We finally got the suspect
    Did you catch the thief?
  28. check oneself during an action
    She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind
  29. see or watch
    view an exhibition
    view a show on television
    see a movie
    Catch a show on Broadway
    This program will be seen all over the world
  1. the quantity that was caught
    the catch was only 10 fish
  2. a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window
  3. a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)
  4. the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
    the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar
  5. a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth
    he played catch with his son in the backyard
  6. anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching)
    he shared his catch with the others
  7. a restraint that checks the motion of something
    he used a book as a stop to hold the door open
  8. a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident
    it sounds good but what's the catch?
  9. the act of catching an object with the hands
    he made a grab for the ball before it landed
    Martin's snatch at the bridle failed and the horse raced away
    the infielder's snap and throw was a single motion
    Mays made the catch with his back to the plate
  10. a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect
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How To Use catch In A Sentence

  • His rapid rise through the ranks after an eye-catching performance in the April trials was a rare highlight in a troubled season.
  • Put a plate under your chin to catch the crumbs.
  • A good few fish remained in the fishery, and the total catch for the week was 14.
  • Hytra Grouper on a bed of salicornia and spinach accompanied with a crayfish sauce scented with pelargonium at Hytra It's daybreak at Athens' Agora, or central market, and the air is buzzing with the cries of fish mongers hawking the day's catch. Not Your Typical Greek Salad
  • The job involved getting up at some unearthly hour to catch the first train.
  • The first two Toyota pickups we got into wouldn't start, even with eight men rocking them to get the engine to catch.
  • A senior detective who led the hunt for two armed robbers behind a series of terrifying raids across Bradford today told of the desperate race against time to catch them before someone was shot.
  • Tonight is blissfully planless, and will likely feature sorting through stories with Adam and catching up on the TiVo stuff. Odin's Day
  • He said:'This team really prides itself on its fielding and catching. The Sun
  • I worked another 12 hour shift on Sunday, getting home in time to catch the tail end of the Oscars.
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