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catch - Dictionary definition and meaning for word catch

Definition
(noun) a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident
Synonyms : gimmick
Example Sentence
  • it sounds good but what's the catch?

Definition
(noun) the quantity that was caught
Synonyms : haul
Example Sentence
  • the catch was only 10 fish

Definition
(noun) a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect
Synonyms : match

Definition
(noun) anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching)
Example Sentence
  • he shared his catch with the others

Definition
(noun) a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)
Definition
(noun) a restraint that checks the motion of something
Synonyms : stop
Example Sentence
  • he used a book as a stop to hold the door open

Definition
(noun) a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window
Definition
(noun) a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth
Example Sentence
  • he played catch with his son in the backyard

Definition
(noun) the act of catching an object with the hands
Synonyms : grab , snap , snatch
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(noun) the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
Example Sentence
  • the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar

Definition
(verb) discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly; catch somebody doing something or in a certain state
Example Sentence
  • She caught her son eating candy
  • She was caught shoplifting

Definition
(verb) perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily
Synonyms : pick up
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot
Synonyms : get
Example Sentence
  • the rock caught her in the back of the head
  • The blow got him in the back
  • The punch caught him in the stomach

Definition
(verb) take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of
Synonyms : grab , take hold of
Example Sentence
  • Catch the ball!
  • Grab the elevator door!

Definition
(verb) succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase
Synonyms : capture , get
Example Sentence
  • We finally got the suspect
  • Did you catch the thief?

Definition
(verb) to hook or entangle
Synonyms : hitch
Example Sentence
  • One foot caught in the stirrup

Definition
(verb) attract and fix
Synonyms : arrest , get
Example Sentence
  • His look caught her
  • She caught his eye
  • Catch the attention of the waiter

Definition
(verb) capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
Synonyms : capture
Example Sentence
  • I caught a rabbit in the trap today

Definition
(verb) reach in time
Example Sentence
  • I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock

Definition
(verb) get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly
Example Sentence
  • Catch some sleep
  • catch one's breath

Definition
(verb) catch up with and possibly overtake
Synonyms : catch up with , overtake
Example Sentence
  • The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp

Definition
(verb) be struck or affected by
Example Sentence
  • catch fire
  • catch the mood

Definition
(verb) check oneself during an action
Example Sentence
  • She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind

Definition
(verb) hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers
Synonyms : overhear , take in
Example Sentence
  • We overheard the conversation at the next table

Definition
(verb) see or watch
Synonyms : see , take in , view , watch
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled
Example Sentence
  • I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles

Definition
(verb) detect a blunder or misstep
Synonyms : trip up
Example Sentence
  • The reporter tripped up the senator

Definition
(verb) grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of
Synonyms : get
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) contract
Example Sentence
  • did you catch a cold?

Definition
(verb) start burning
Example Sentence
  • The fire caught

Definition
(verb) perceive by hearing
Synonyms : get
Example Sentence
  • I didn't catch your name
  • She didn't get his name when they met the first time

Definition
(verb) suffer from the receipt of
Synonyms : get
Example Sentence
  • She will catch hell for this behavior!

Definition
(verb) attract; cause to be enamored
Example Sentence
  • She captured all the men's hearts

Definition
(verb) apprehend and reproduce accurately
Synonyms : get
Example Sentence
  • She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings
  • She got the mood just right in her photographs

Definition
(verb) take in and retain
Example Sentence
  • We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater

Definition
(verb) spread or be communicated
Example Sentence
  • The fashion did not catch

Definition
(verb) be the catcher
Example Sentence
  • Who is catching?

Definition
(verb) become aware of
Example Sentence
  • he caught her staring out the window

Definition
(verb) delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned
Example Sentence
  • I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting

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