[ UK /kˈætʃ/ ]
[ US /ˈkætʃ/ ]
[ US /ˈkætʃ/ ]
get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly
catch one's breath
Catch some sleep
become aware of
he caught her staring out the window
cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled
I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles
perceive by hearing
She didn't get his name when they met the first time
I didn't catch your name
to hook or entangle
One foot caught in the stirrup
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
delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned
I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting
spread or be communicated
The fashion did not catch
catch up with and possibly overtake
The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp
take in and retain
We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater
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
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?
be struck or affected by
catch the mood
be the catcher
Who is catching?
apprehend and reproduce accurately
She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings
She got the mood just right in her photographs
The fire caught
hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers
We overheard the conversation at the next table
take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of
Grab the elevator door!
Catch the ball!
attract and fix
His look caught her
She caught his eye
Catch the attention of the waiter
did you catch a cold?
reach in time
I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock
suffer from the receipt of
She will catch hell for this behavior!
detect a blunder or misstep
The reporter tripped up the senator
capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
I caught a rabbit in the trap today
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
attract; cause to be enamored
She captured all the men's hearts
succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase
We finally got the suspect
Did you catch the thief?
check oneself during an action
She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind
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
the quantity that was caught
the catch was only 10 fish
- a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window
- a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)
the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar
a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth
he played catch with his son in the backyard
anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching)
he shared his catch with the others
a restraint that checks the motion of something
he used a book as a stop to hold the door open
a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident
it sounds good but what's the catch?
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
- a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect
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.