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Meaning & Definition of Catch in English

English

Catch

/kæʧ/

noun

1. A drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident

  • "It sounds good but what's the catch?"
    synonym:
  • catch
  • ,
  • gimmick

2. The quantity that was caught

  • "The catch was only 10 fish"
    synonym:
  • catch
  • ,
  • haul

3. A person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect

    synonym:
  • catch
  • ,
  • match

4. Anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching)

  • "He shared his catch with the others"
    synonym:
  • catch

5. A break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)

    synonym:
  • catch

6. A restraint that checks the motion of something

  • "He used a book as a stop to hold the door open"
    synonym:
  • catch
  • ,
  • stop

7. A fastener that fastens or locks a door or window

    synonym:
  • catch

8. A cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth

  • "He played catch with his son in the backyard"
    synonym:
  • catch

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"
    synonym:
  • catch
  • ,
  • grab
  • ,
  • snatch
  • ,
  • snap

10. The act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)

  • "The policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
    synonym:
  • apprehension
  • ,
  • arrest
  • ,
  • catch
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • catch

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"
    synonym:
  • catch
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • get
  • ,
  • catch

4. Take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of

  • "Catch the ball!"
  • "Grab the elevator door!"
    synonym:
  • catch
  • ,
  • grab
  • ,
  • take hold of

5. Succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase

  • "We finally got the suspect"
  • "Did you catch the thief?"
    synonym:
  • get
  • ,
  • catch
  • ,
  • capture

6. To hook or entangle

  • "One foot caught in the stirrup"
    synonym:
  • hitch
  • ,
  • catch

7. Attract and fix

  • "His look caught her"
  • "She caught his eye"
  • "Catch the attention of the waiter"
    synonym:
  • catch
  • ,
  • arrest
  • ,
  • get

8. Capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping

  • "I caught a rabbit in the trap today"
    synonym:
  • capture
  • ,
  • catch

9. Reach in time

  • "I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock"
    synonym:
  • catch

10. Get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly

  • "Catch some sleep"
  • "Catch one's breath"
    synonym:
  • catch

11. Catch up with and possibly overtake

  • "The rolls royce caught us near the exit ramp"
    synonym:
  • overtake
  • ,
  • catch
  • ,
  • catch up with

12. Be struck or affected by

  • "Catch fire"
  • "Catch the mood"
    synonym:
  • catch

13. Check oneself during an action

  • "She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind"
    synonym:
  • catch

14. Hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers

  • "We overheard the conversation at the next table"
    synonym:
  • catch
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • watch
  • ,
  • view
  • ,
  • see
  • ,
  • catch
  • ,
  • take in

16. Cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled

  • "I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles"
    synonym:
  • catch

17. Detect a blunder or misstep

  • "The reporter tripped up the senator"
    synonym:
  • trip up
  • ,
  • catch

18. Grasp with the mind or develop an understanding 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"
    synonym:
  • catch
  • ,
  • get

19. Contract

  • "Did you catch a cold?"
    synonym:
  • catch

20. Start burning

  • "The fire caught"
    synonym:
  • catch

21. Perceive by hearing

  • "I didn't catch your name"
  • "She didn't get his name when they met the first time"
    synonym:
  • catch
  • ,
  • get

22. Suffer from the receipt of

  • "She will catch hell for this behavior!"
    synonym:
  • catch
  • ,
  • get

23. Attract

  • Cause to be enamored
  • "She captured all the men's hearts"
    synonym:
  • capture
  • ,
  • enamour
  • ,
  • trance
  • ,
  • catch
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • catch
  • ,
  • get

25. Take in and retain

  • "We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater"
    synonym:
  • catch

26. Spread or be communicated

  • "The fashion did not catch"
    synonym:
  • catch

27. Be the catcher

  • "Who is catching?"
    synonym:
  • catch

28. Become aware of

  • "He caught her staring out the window"
    synonym:
  • catch

29. Delay or hold up

  • Prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned
  • "I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting"
    synonym:
  • catch

Examples of using

I didn't catch the last word.
It will be better for us to hurry if we want to catch the bus at six.
I'll catch the next bus.