Definitions of catch

  1. the act of apprehending ( especially apprehending a criminal); " the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
  2. attract and fix; " His look caught her"; " She caught his eye"; " Catch the attention of the waiter"
  3. attract; cause to be enamored; " She captured all the men's hearts"
  4. capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping; " I caught a rabbit in the trap toady"
  5. start burning; " The fire caught"
  6. a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth; " he played catch with his son in the backyard"
  7. a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window
  8. a restraint that checks the motion of something; " he used a book as a stop to hold the door open"
  9. a hidden drawback; " it sounds good but what's the catch?"
  10. a break or check in the voice ( usually a sign of strong emotion)
  11. anything that is caught ( especially if it is worth catching); " he shared his catch with the others"
  12. contract; " did you catch a cold?"
  13. be struck or affected by; " catch fire"; " catch the mood"
  14. catch up with and possibly overtake; " The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp"
  15. take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of; " Catch the ball!"; " Grab the elevator door!"
  16. to hook or entangle; " One foot caught in the stirrup"
  17. hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers; " We overheard the conversation at the next table"
  18. 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"
  19. detect a blunder or misstep; " The reporter tripped up the senator"
  20. 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".
  21. delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned; " I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting"
  22. 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"
  23. 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"
  24. become aware of; " he caught her staring out the window"
  25. be the catcher; " Who is catching?"
  26. succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase; " We finally got the suspect"; " Did you catch the thief?"
  27. cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled; " I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles"
  28. spread or be communicated; " The fashion did not catch"
  29. 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"
  30. take in and retain; " We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater"
  31. apprehend and reproduce accurately; " She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings"; " She got the mood just right in her photographs"
  32. reach in time; " I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock"
  33. suffer from the receipt of; " She will catch hell for this behavior!"
  34. 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"
  35. get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly; " Catch some sleep"; " catch one's breath"
  36. check oneself during an action; " She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind"
  37. 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.
  38. To seize after pursuing; to arrest; as, to catch a thief.
  39. To take captive, as in a snare or net, or on a hook; as, to catch a bird or fish.
  40. Hence: To insnare; to entangle.
  41. To seize with the senses or the mind; to apprehend; as, to catch a melody.
  42. To communicate to; to fasten upon; as, the fire caught the adjoining building.
  43. To engage and attach; to please; to charm.
  44. To get possession of; to attain.
  45. 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.
  46. To come upon unexpectedly or by surprise; to find; as, to catch one in the act of stealing.
  47. To reach in time; to come up with; as, to catch a train.
  48. To attain possession.
  49. 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.
  50. To take hold; as, the bolt does not catch.
  51. To spread by, or as by, infecting; to communicate.
  52. Act of seizing; a grasp.
  53. That by which anything is caught or temporarily fastened; as, the catch of a gate.
  54. 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.
  55. That which is caught or taken; profit; gain; especially, the whole quantity caught or taken at one time; as, a good catch of fish.
  56. Something desirable to be caught, esp. a husband or wife in matrimony.
  57. Passing opportunities seized; snatches.
  58. A slight remembrance; a trace.
  59. A humorous canon or round, so contrived that the singers catch up each other's words.
  60. 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.
  61. The act of seizing or grasping; that which is taken; as, a good catch of fish.
  62. Catcher.
  63. Caught.
  64. Catching.
  65. To take hold of: to seize after pursuit: to trap or insnare: to take a disease by infection.
  66. To be contagious:- pa. t. and pa. p. caught ( kawt).
  67. 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.
  68. A trick.
  69. Seizure; that which takes hold; that which is taken; a song for several voices.
  70. To seize; trap; take.
  71. To take; seize; capture; ensnare; surprize.
  72. To grasp; apprehend; engage; captivate.
  73. To seize or attempt to seize something; with at.
  74. Baseball. To act as catcher.
  75. To become entangled or fastened.
  76. To be contagious.
  77. The act of catching.
  78. That which catches; a fastening.
  79. Something caught or gained.
  80. An impediment; a break.
  81. A round; a scrap of song.
  82. 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.
  83. 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.
  84. To get entangled; to communicate; to be contagious; to take hold.
  85. 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.
  86. 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.

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
  3. " But don't worry, you'll catch more yet. – A Little Bush Maid by Mary Grant Bruce
  4. Just come back and give me time to catch my breath, and I'll wish you joy too. – A Terrible Secret by May Agnes Fleming
  5. " Very well," replied the First Consul, " but do not let me catch you again." – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  6. It didn't catch, and when I went there to- night the door yielded to my hand. – A Little Union Scout by Joel Chandler Harris
  7. There was a catch in her low voice. – The Rustlers of Pecos County by Zane Grey
  8. " My brothers, you are about to ride away, perhaps the Kiowas will try to catch you," said Red Dog. – Three Sioux Scouts by Elmer Russell Gregor
  9. He said he was going to catch a train, and now he's gone without a word! – A Thief in the Night by E. W. Hornung
  10. " I did not catch it clearly. – The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood by Arthur Griffiths
  11. And I'll catch you if I can. – The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  12. Perhaps they may catch the man. – The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume
  13. Well, we must try to help the man catch the pony. – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue and Their Shetland Pony by Laura Lee Hope
  14. An' didn't you catch noffin for me? – The Curlytops at Uncle Frank's Ranch by Howard R. Garis
  15. They were trying to catch each other. – The Son of His Mother by Clara Viebig
  16. I am sure to catch you. – The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  17. What a joke it would be to come and catch him!" – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope