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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.   a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect
  13.   contract did you catch a cold
  14.   be struck or affected by catch fire catch the mood
  15.   catch up with and possibly overtake The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp
  16.   take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of Catch the ball Grab the elevator door
  17.   the quantity that was caught the catch was only 10 fish
  18.   to hook or entangle One foot caught in the stirrup
  19.   hear usually without the knowledge of the speakers We overheard the conversation at the next table
  20.   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
  21.   detect a blunder or misstep The reporter tripped up the senator
  22.   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
  23.   delay or hold up prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting
  24.   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
  25.   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
  26.   become aware of he caught her staring out the window
  27.   be the catcher Who is catching
  28.   succeed in catching or seizing especially after a chase We finally got the suspect Did you catch the thief
  29.   cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught ensnared or entangled I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles
  30.   spread or be communicated The fashion did not catch
  31.   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
  32.   take in and retain We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater
  33.   apprehend and reproduce accurately She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings She got the mood just right in her photographs
  34.   reach in time I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock
  35.   suffer from the receipt of She will catch hell for this behavior
  36.   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
  37.   perceive by hearing I didn't catch your name She didn't get his name when they met the first time
  38.   get or regain something necessary usually quickly or briefly Catch some sleep catch one's breath
  39.   check oneself during an action She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind
  40.   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
  41.   To seize after pursuing to arrest as to catch a thief
  42.   To take captive as in a snare or net or on a hook as to catch a bird or fish
  43.   Hence To insnare to entangle
  44.   To seize with the senses or the mind to apprehend as to catch a melody
  45.   To communicate to to fasten upon as the fire caught the adjoining building
  46.   To engage and attach to please to charm
  47.   To get possession of to attain
  48.   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
  49.   To come upon unexpectedly or by surprise to find as to catch one in the act of stealing
  50.   To reach in time to come up with as to catch a train
  51.   To attain possession
  52.   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
  53.   To take hold as the bolt does not catch
  54.   To spread by or as by infecting to communicate
  55.   Act of seizing a grasp
  56.   That by which anything is caught or temporarily fastened as the catch of a gate
  57.   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
  58.   That which is caught or taken profit gain especially the whole quantity caught or taken at one time as a good catch of fish
  59.   Something desirable to be caught esp a husband or wife in matrimony
  60.   Passing opportunities seized snatches
  61.   A slight remembrance a trace
  62.   A humorous canon or round so contrived that the singers catch up each other's words
  63.   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
  64.   The act of seizing or grasping that which is taken as a good catch of fish
  65.   Catcher
  66.   Caught
  67.   Catching
  68.   To take hold of to seize after pursuit to trap or insnare to take a disease by infection
  69.   To be contagious pa t and pa p caught kawt
  70.   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
  71.   A trick
  72.   Seizure that which takes hold that which is taken a song for several voices
  73.   To seize trap take
  74.   To take seize capture ensnare surprize
  75.   To grasp apprehend engage captivate
  76.   To seize or attempt to seize something with at
  77.   Baseball To act as catcher
  78.   To become entangled or fastened
  79.   To be contagious
  80.   The act of catching
  81.   That which catches a fastening
  82.   Something caught or gained
  83.   An impediment a break
  84.   A round a scrap of song
  85.   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
  86.   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
  87.   To get entangled to communicate to be contagious to take hold
  88.   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
  89.   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

Quotes of catch

  1. Your spikes which were really quite long then would catch the material of the track and your shoe would get heavier I was simply filing them down and rubbing some graphite on the spikes I thought I would run more effectively – Roger Bannister
  2. To catch a husband is an art to hold him is a job – Simone de Beauvoir
  3. A photographer must be prepared to catch and hold on to those elements which give distinction to the subject or lend it atmosphere – Bill Brandt
  4. Whenever Elvin Jones comes to Seattle I try to go catch him – Matt Cameron
  5. Happiness is your dentist telling you it won't hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill – Johnny Carson
  6. There was no race but to the extent that there was an arms competition it was almost entirely on the Soviet side first to catch up and then to surpass the Americans – Herman Kahn
  7. Now the restaurants have begun to catch up with the wine -making there are numerous great restaurants in Napa Valley and it's wonderful because the people are there for just that great food and great wine – Thomas Keller
  8. If you cannot catch a bird of paradise better take a wet hen – Nikita Khrushchev
  9. Partly because the town is just finicky there are strange Catch 22 clauses in the consciousness of this community and one of them was that you I found out you can't do a comedy unless you've just done a comedy – Val Kilmer
  10. They throw the ball I hit it They hit the ball I catch it – Willie Mays
  11. When people say 'love to hate', they actually mean 'love to be appalled by' if they truly hated them they'd never repeat a catch phrase – Chris Morris
  12. I've had two proposals since I've been a widow I am a wonderful catch you know I have a lot of money – Ruth Rendell
  13. A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others Be a carrier – Tom Stoppard
  14. The United States basically accepted protection abroad as the price of post -war recovery Now that these countries have caught up to our level of prosperity it is time for them to catch up to our level of openness – Lawrence Summers
  15. Laws are like cobwebs which may catch small flies but let wasps and hornets break through – Jonathan Swift

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. But don't worry you'll catch more yet – A Little Bush Maid by Mary Grant Bruce
  3. “ I did not catch it clearly – The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood by Arthur Griffiths
  4. Perhaps they may catch the man – The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume
  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. He could not find the catch – The Little House in the Fairy Wood by Ethel Cook Eliot
  7. 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
  8. You can't catch me – The Eye of Dread by Payne Erskine
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. We will catch you in our arms – Paul Patoff by F. Marion Crawford
  12. There was a catch in her low voice – The Rustlers of Pecos County by Zane Grey
  13. “ I am sure to catch you – The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  14. You'll have to catch him yourself if you want him – Brand Blotters by William MacLeod Raine
  15. “ An' didn't you catch noffin for me – The Curlytops at Uncle Frank's Ranch by Howard R. Garis
  16. And I'll catch you if I can – The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  17. 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
  18. What a joke it would be to come and catch him – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  19. They were trying to catch each other – The Son of His Mother by Clara Viebig
  20. 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

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