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Definitions of catch

  1. To get entangled; to communicate; to be contagious; to take hold. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To seize after pursuing; to arrest; as, to catch a thief. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To take captive, as in a snare or net, or on a hook; as, to catch a bird or fish. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Hence: To insnare; to entangle. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To seize with the senses or the mind; to apprehend; as, to catch a melody. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To communicate to; to fasten upon; as, the fire caught the adjoining building. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To engage and attach; to please; to charm. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To get possession of; to attain. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To come upon unexpectedly or by surprise; to find; as, to catch one in the act of stealing. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To reach in time; to come up with; as, to catch a train. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To seize or grasp; lay hold of suddenly; take captive; to please or charm; to take, by contagion, infection, or sympathy, as a disease; attack; detect; to comprehend; as, to catch the idea; come up to; reach in time, as a train. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. To take hold of: to seize after pursuit: to trap or insnare: to take a disease by infection. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. To seize; trap; take. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. To take; seize; capture; ensnare; surprize. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. To grasp; apprehend; engage; captivate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. To attain possession. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. To take hold; as, the bolt does not catch. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. To spread by, or as by, infecting; to communicate. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. To be contagious:-pa.t. and pa.p. caught (kawt). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  23. attract; cause to be enamored; "She captured all the men's hearts" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  24. capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping; "I caught a rabbit in the trap toady" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  25. start burning; "The fire caught" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  26. contract; "did you catch a cold?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  27. be struck or affected by; "catch fire"; "catch the mood" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  28. catch up with and possibly overtake; "The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  29. take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of; "Catch the ball!"; "Grab the elevator door!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  30. to hook or entangle; "One foot caught in the stirrup" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  31. hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers; "We overheard the conversation at the next table" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  32. detect a blunder or misstep; "The reporter tripped up the senator" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  33. To seize or attempt to seize something; with at. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. Baseball. To act as catcher. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  35. To become entangled or fastened. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  36. To be contagious. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  37. To seize; to intercept from falling; to seize in pursuit; to ensnare; to captivate; to get entangled with; to get possession of; to receive; to receive by sympathy, contagion, or infection; to engage and attach to; to come upon suddenly. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  38. To seize suddenly; to lay hold on with the hands; to take or receive by exposure, as a cold, or a disease by infection; to ensnare; to overtake. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  39. Catching. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  40. the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  41. a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth; "he played catch with his son in the backyard" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  42. a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  43. a hidden drawback; "it sounds good but what's the catch?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  44. a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  45. anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching); "he shared his catch with the others" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  46. 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". Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  47. delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned; "I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  48. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  49. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  50. become aware of; "he caught her staring out the window" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  51. be the catcher; "Who is catching?" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  52. succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase; "We finally got the suspect"; "Did you catch the thief?" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  53. cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled; "I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  54. spread or be communicated; "The fashion did not catch" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  55. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  56. take in and retain; "We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  57. apprehend and reproduce accurately; "She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings"; "She got the mood just right in her photographs" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  58. reach in time; "I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  59. suffer from the receipt of; "She will catch hell for this behavior!" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  60. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  61. get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly; "Catch some sleep"; "catch one's breath" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  62. check oneself during an action; "She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  63. Act of seizing; a grasp. Webster Dictionary DB
  64. That by which anything is caught or temporarily fastened; as, the catch of a gate. Webster Dictionary DB
  65. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  66. That which is caught or taken; profit; gain; especially, the whole quantity caught or taken at one time; as, a good catch of fish. Webster Dictionary DB
  67. Something desirable to be caught, esp. a husband or wife in matrimony. Webster Dictionary DB
  68. Passing opportunities seized; snatches. Webster Dictionary DB
  69. A slight remembrance; a trace. Webster Dictionary DB
  70. A humorous canon or round, so contrived that the singers catch up each other's words. Webster Dictionary DB
  71. The act of seizing or grasping; that which is taken; as, a good catch of fish. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  72. Seizure: anything that seizes or holds: that which is caught: a sudden advantage taken: a song the parts of which are caught up by different voices. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  73. A trick. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  74. Seizure; that which takes hold; that which is taken; a song for several voices. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  75. The act of catching. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  76. That which catches; a fastening. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  77. Something caught or gained. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  78. An impediment; a break. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  79. A round; a scrap of song. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  80. The act of seizing; seizure; anything that seizes, takes hold, or checks; a watching an opportunity to seize; advantage; a snatch, or a short interval of action; a song, the parts of which are caught up in succession by different singers; a play upon words. To catch at, to endeavour to seize suddenly. To catch it, to receive a scolding. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  81. Anything that seizes or holds; the act of seizing; a sudden advantage taken; a song in parts, in which those singing catch up the strain one after the other at various intervals. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  82. Caught. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for catch

  1. Well, the way she did catch was simply to make the point that it didn't now in the least matter. – The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2 by Henry James
  2. He could not find the catch – The Little House in the Fairy Wood by Ethel Cook Eliot
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