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catch

Noun

1 a hidden drawback; "it sounds good but what's the catch?"
2 the quantity that was caught; "the catch was only 10 fish" [syn: haul]
3 a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect [syn: match]
4 anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching); "he shared his catch with the others"
5 a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)
6 a restraint that checks the motion of something; "he used a book as a stop to hold the door open" [syn: stop]
7 a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window
8 a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth; "he played catch with his son in the backyard"
9 the act of catching an object with the hands; "Mays made the catch with his back to the plate"; "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" [syn: grab, snatch, snap]
10 the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar" [syn: apprehension, arrest, collar, pinch, taking into custody]

Verb

1 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"
2 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" [syn: pick up]
3 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" [syn: get]
4 take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of; "Catch the ball!"; "Grab the elevator door!" [syn: grab, take hold of]
5 succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase; "We finally got the suspect"; "Did you catch the thief?" [syn: get, capture]
6 to hook or entangle; "One foot caught in the stirrup" [syn: hitch] [ant: unhitch]
7 attract and fix; "His look caught her"; "She caught his eye"; "Catch the attention of the waiter" [syn: arrest, get]
8 capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping; "I caught a rabbit in the trap toady" [syn: capture]
9 reach in time; "I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock"
10 get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly; "Catch some sleep"; "catch one's breath"
11 catch up with and possibly overtake; "The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp" [syn: overtake, catch up with]
12 be struck or affected by; "catch fire"; "catch the mood"
13 check oneself during an action; "She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind"
14 hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers; "We overheard the conversation at the next table" [syn: take in, overhear]
15 see or watch; "view a show on television"; "This program will be seen all over the world"; "view an exhibition"; "Catch a show on Broadway"; "see a movie" [syn: watch, view, see, take in]
16 cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled; "I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles"
17 detect a blunder or misstep; "The reporter tripped up the senator" [syn: trip up]
18 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" [syn: get]
19 contract; "did you catch a cold?"
20 start burning; "The fire caught"
21 perceive by hearing; "I didn't catch your name"; "She didn't get his name when they met the first time" [syn: get]
22 suffer from the receipt of; "She will catch hell for this behavior!" [syn: get]
23 attract; cause to be enamored; "She captured all the men's hearts" [syn: capture, enamour, trance, becharm, enamor, captivate, beguile, charm, fascinate, bewitch, entrance, enchant]
24 apprehend and reproduce accurately; "She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings"; "She got the mood just right in her photographs" [syn: get]
25 take in and retain; "We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater"
26 spread or be communicated; "The fashion did not catch"
27 be the catcher; "Who is catching?"
28 become aware of; "he caught her staring out the window"
29 delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned; "I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting" [also: caught]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • , /kætʃ/, /kεtʃ/, /k

Extensive Definition

Catch or caught may refer to:
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catch in German: Catch
catch in Japanese: キャッチ

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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