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Catch meaning

catch - 41 dictionary results

  1. 1. delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned; " I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting"
  2. 2. grasp with the mind or develop an undersatnding of; " did you catch that allusion?"; " We caught something of his theory in the lecture"; " don't catch your meaning"; " did you get it?"; " She didn't get the joke"; " I just don't get him"
  3. 3. 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"
  4. 4. become aware of; " he caught her staring out the window"
  5. 5. be the catcher; " Who is catching?"
  6. 6. succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase; " We finally got the suspect"; " Did you catch the thief?"
  7. 7. cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled; " I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles"
  8. 8. spread or be communicated; " The fashion did not catch"
  9. 9. reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot; " the rock caught her in the back of the head"; " The blow got him in the back"; " The punch caught him in the stomach"
  10. 10. take in and retain; " We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater"
  11. 11. apprehend and reproduce accurately; " She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings"; " She got the mood just right in her photographs"
  12. 12. reach in time; " I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock"
  13. 13. perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily; " I caught the aroma of coffee"; " He caught the allusion in her glance"; " ears open to catch every sound"; " The dog picked up the scent"; " Catch a glimpse"
  14. 14. perceive by hearing; " I didn't catch your name"; " She didn't get his name when they met the first time"
  15. 15. get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly; " Catch some sleep"; " catch one's breath"
  16. 16. check oneself during an action; " She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind"
  17. 17. To lay hold on; to seize, especially with the hand; to grasp ( anything) in motion, with the effect of holding; as, to catch a ball.
  18. 18. To seize after pursuing; to arrest; as, to catch a thief.
  19. 19. To take captive, as in a snare or net, or on a hook; as, to catch a bird or fish.
  20. 20. Hence: To insnare; to entangle.
  21. 21. To seize with the senses or the mind; to apprehend; as, to catch a melody.
  22. 22. To communicate to; to fasten upon; as, the fire caught the adjoining building.
  23. 23. To engage and attach; to please; to charm.
  24. 24. To get possession of; to attain.
  25. 25. To take or receive; esp. to take by sympathy, contagion, infection, or exposure; as, to catch the spirit of an occasion; to catch the measles or smallpox; to catch cold; the house caught fire.
  26. 26. To come upon unexpectedly or by surprise; to find; as, to catch one in the act of stealing.
  27. 27. To reach in time; to come up with; as, to catch a train.
  28. 28. To attain possession.
  29. 29. To be held or impeded by entanglement or a light obstruction; as, a kite catches in a tree; a door catches so as not to open.
  30. 30. To take hold; as, the bolt does not catch.
  31. 31. To spread by, or as by, infecting; to communicate.
  32. 32. Act of seizing; a grasp.
  33. 33. That by which anything is caught or temporarily fastened; as, the catch of a gate.
  34. 34. The posture of seizing; a state of preparation to lay hold of, or of watching he opportunity to seize; as, to lie on the catch.
  35. 35. That which is caught or taken; profit; gain; especially, the whole quantity caught or taken at one time; as, a good catch of fish.
  36. 36. Something desirable to be caught, esp. a husband or wife in matrimony.
  37. 37. Passing opportunities seized; snatches.
  38. 38. A slight remembrance; a trace.
  39. 39. A humorous canon or round, so contrived that the singers catch up each other's words.
  40. 40. Seizure; that which takes hold; that which is taken; a song for several voices.
  41. 41. To seize; trap; take.

catch - examples of usage

  1. Did you ever catch her?
  2. There was just a little catch in the laugh with which she said this. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  3. " Catch hold, Jessop," he said, which I did. - "The Ghost Pirates", William Hope Hodgson.
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