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Meaning of ‘catch’
39 definitions found.
the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
the act of catching an object with the hands
Example: "The outfielder made the catch with their ungloved hand."
Synonyms: snap grab snatch
a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth
Example: "I played catch with my kids in the backyard."
a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window
a restraint that checks the motion of something
a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident
Example: "it sounds good but what's the catch?"
a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)
anything that is caught, especially if it is worth catching
Example: "We shared our catch with the others."
a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect
the quantity that was caught
Example: "the catch was only 10 fish"
Example: "did you catch a cold?"
Synonyms: draw flex
to delay or hold up
to be struck or affected by
Example: "catch fire"
to grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of
Example: "Did you catch that allusion?"
to detect a blunder or misstep
Synonyms: trip up
to discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly
Example: "I caught them stealing cookies again."
to become aware of
to be the catcher
Example: "Who is catching?"
to catch up with and possibly overtake
Synonyms: overtake catch up with
to succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase
to hook or entangle
Example: "I catch a lot of bluefish from this part of the dock."
to cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled
to spread or be communicated
Example: "The fashion did not catch"
to reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot
to take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of
Synonyms: grab take hold of
to capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
to take in and retain
Example: "We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater"
to attract and fix
to apprehend and reproduce accurately
to reach in time
Example: "I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock"
to suffer from the receipt of
Example: "They will catch hell for this behavior!"
to perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily
Synonyms: pick up
to see or watch
Example: "I wanted to catch the game before it ended."
Synonyms: watch view see take in
to hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers
Synonyms: take in overhear
to perceive by hearing
Example: "I didn't catch your name."
to get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly
to check oneself during an action
Example: "They managed to catch themselves before telling their boss what was on their mind."
to start burning
Source: WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University
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