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  1. catch
    IPA[kaCH]
  2. verb

    • 1. intercept and hold (something which has been thrown, propelled, or dropped):

      she threw the bottle into the air and caught it again
      Synonym : seize, grab, snatch, seize/grab/take hold of, lay (one's) hands on, get one's hands on, grasp, grip, clutch, clench, fasten on, pluck, hold, hang onto, receive, acquire, get, come into possession of, intercept
    • 2. intercept the fall of (someone):

      he fell forwards and Linda caught him
      Synonym : seize, grab, snatch, seize/grab/take hold of, lay (one's) hands on, get one's hands on, grasp, grip, clutch, clench, fasten on, pluck, hold, hang onto, receive, acquire, get, come into possession of, intercept
    • 3. seize or take hold of:

      he caught hold of her arm as she tried to push past him
      Synonym : seize, grab, snatch, seize/grab/take hold of, lay (one's) hands on, get one's hands on, grasp, grip, clutch, clench, fasten on, pluck, hold, hang onto, receive, acquire, get, come into possession of, intercept
    • 4. grasp or try to grasp:

      his hands caught at her arms as she tried to turn away
    • 5. capture (a person or animal that tries or would try to escape):

      we hadn't caught a single rabbit
      Synonym : capture, seize, apprehend, take, arrest, lay hold of, take prisoner, take captive, take into custody, haul in, trap, snare, ensnare, net, hook, reel in, land, beach, bag, nab, collar, run in, bust, pull in, do, feel someone's collar, pinch, nick
    • 6. (of a person) unexpectedly find oneself in (an unwelcome situation):

      my sister was caught in a thunderstorm
    • 7. surprise (someone) in an incriminating situation or in the act of doing something wrong:

      he was caught with bomb-making equipment in his home
      Synonym : discover, detect, find, come upon/across, stumble on, chance on, light on, bring to light, turn up, expose, find out, unmask, surprise, take by surprise, catch unawares, catch off guard, catch red-handed, catch in the act, catch out, burst in on
    • 8. come upon (someone) unexpectedly:

      unexpected snow caught us by surprise
    • 9. (of an object) accidentally become entangled or trapped in something:

      the charm bracelet always caught on her clothing
    • 10. (of a person) have (a part of one's body or clothing) become entangled or trapped in something:

      she caught her foot in the bedspread companies face increased risks of being caught in a downward spiral
      Synonym : become trapped, become stuck, stick, become wedged, become entangled, become snarled up, become snagged, snag
    • 11. fix or fasten in place:

      her hair was caught back in a scrunchie
    • 12. reach in time and board (a train, bus, or aircraft):

      they caught the 12:15 from Chicago
      Synonym : be in time for, reach in time, make, get to, board, get on, enter, go on board, go aboard, step aboard, mount, ascend, embark, hop on, jump on, embus, entrain, emplane
    • 13. reach or be in a place in time to see (a person, performance, program, etc.):

      she was hurrying downstairs to catch the news
    • 14. engage (a person's interest or imagination):

      it was the business scheme that had caught his imagination
    • 15. perceive fleetingly:

      she caught a glimpse of herself in the mirror
      Synonym : perceive, notice, observe, discern, detect, note, become aware of, make out, spot, see, clock
    • 16. hear or understand (something said), especially with effort:

      he bellowed something Jess couldn't catch
      Synonym : hear, perceive, recognize, discern, make out, understand, comprehend, grasp, take in, fathom, puzzle out, apprehend, get to the bottom of, unravel, decipher, follow, keep up with, get, get the drift of, get the hang of, catch onto, latch onto, make head or tail of, figure out, get the picture, get the message, twig, suss out, suss
    • 17. succeed in evoking or representing:

      the program caught something of the flavor of Minoan culture
      Synonym : evoke, conjure up, suggest, summon up, call to mind, recall, express, reproduce, represent, show, encapsulate, capture, record, film, photograph, draw, paint
    • 18. strike (someone) on a part of the body:

      Ben caught him on the chin with an uppercut
      Synonym : hit, strike, slap, smack, crack, bang, connect with, contact
    • 19. accidentally strike (a part of one's body) against something:

      she fell and caught her head on the corner of the hearth
    • 20. contract (an illness) through infection or contagion:

      he served in Macedonia, where he caught malaria
      Synonym : become infected with, contract, get, take, become ill/sick with, fall ill/sick with, be taken ill with, show symptoms of, succumb to, develop, go/come down with, sicken for, fall victim to, be struck down with, be stricken with, go down with, take ill with, take sick with
    • 21. become ignited, due to contact with flame, and start burning:

      the rafters have caught
      Synonym : ignite, become ignited, burn, start burning, flame, catch/take fire, burst into flames, flame up, kindle
    • 22. (of an engine) fire and start running:

      the generator caught immediately
      Synonym : start, start running, fire, begin working, go, function, operate

    noun

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: catch, plural noun: catches

    • v.: verb: catch, 3rd person present: catches, gerund or present participle: catching, past tense: caught, past participle: caught

    • verb

      intercept and hold (something which has been thrown, propelled, or dropped):

      intercept the fall of (someone):

    • noun

      an act of catching something, typically a ball.

      a chance or act of catching the ball to dismiss a batsman:

    • past and past participle of catch
    • past and past participle of catch
    • noun

      an informal meeting or conversation in which people find out or are briefed about things that have happened since they last met or spoke:

      an act of catching up or matching someone or something in a particular activity:

    • adjective

      relating to or denoting various services offered by television and radio broadcasters allowing users to watch or listen to recently broadcast programs:
    • (of a practice or fashion) become popular

      understand what is meant or how to do something

    • noun

      a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions:
    • be punished or told off
    • noun

      a catch of a punt in which a player raises a hand and does not advance the ball.
    • begin to burn
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