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Definitions of catch

  1.   Something caught or gained.
  2.   To reach in time; to come up with; as, to catch a train.
  3.   That by which anything is caught or temporarily fastened; as, the catch of a gate.
  4.   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".
  5.   be the catcher; " Who is catching?"
  6.   An impediment; a break.
  7.   a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect
  8.   To take hold; as, the bolt does not catch.
  9.   To engage and attach; to please; to charm.
  10.   To get entangled; to communicate; to be contagious; to take hold.
  11.   to hook or entangle; " One foot caught in the stirrup"
  12.   the quantity that was caught; " the catch was only 10 fish"
  13.   To be contagious:- pa. t. and pa. p. caught ( kawt).
  14.   detect a blunder or misstep; " The reporter tripped up the senator"
  15.   apprehend and reproduce accurately; " She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings"; " She got the mood just right in her photographs"
  16.   To take captive, as in a snare or net, or on a hook; as, to catch a bird or fish.
  17.   the act of apprehending ( especially apprehending a criminal); " the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
  18.   get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly; " Catch some sleep"; " catch one's breath"
  19.   To seize with the senses or the mind; to apprehend; as, to catch a melody.
  20.   take in and retain; " We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater"
  21.   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.
  22.   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"
  23.   Baseball. To act as catcher.
  24.   To get possession of; to attain.
  25.   succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase; " We finally got the suspect"; " Did you catch the thief?"
  26.   perceive by hearing; " I didn't catch your name"; " She didn't get his name when they met the first time"
  27.   To become entangled or fastened.
  28.   To seize after pursuing; to arrest; as, to catch a thief.
  29.   start burning; " The fire caught"
  30.   check oneself during an action; " She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind"
  31.   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"
  32.   attract; cause to be enamored; " She captured all the men's hearts"
  33.   To take; seize; capture; ensnare; surprize.
  34.   To seize; trap; take.
  35.   cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled; " I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles"
  36.   a break or check in the voice ( usually a sign of strong emotion)
  37.   To come upon unexpectedly or by surprise; to find; as, to catch one in the act of stealing.
  38.   suffer from the receipt of; " She will catch hell for this behavior!"
  39.   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.
  40.   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"
  41.   To spread by, or as by, infecting; to communicate.
  42.   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.
  43.   a restraint that checks the motion of something; " he used a book as a stop to hold the door open"
  44.   To communicate to; to fasten upon; as, the fire caught the adjoining building.
  45.   Catching.
  46.   Caught.
  47.   Seizure; that which takes hold; that which is taken; a song for several voices.
  48.   be struck or affected by; " catch fire"; " catch the mood"
  49.   A trick.
  50.   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.
  51.   Passing opportunities seized; snatches.
  52.   capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping; " I caught a rabbit in the trap toady"
  53.   A slight remembrance; a trace.
  54.   Catcher.
  55.   The act of catching.
  56.   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.
  57.   delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned; " I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting"
  58.   become aware of; " he caught her staring out the window"
  59.   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"
  60.   anything that is caught ( especially if it is worth catching); " he shared his catch with the others"
  61.   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.
  62.   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.
  63.   To be contagious.
  64.   a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window
  65.   contract; " did you catch a cold?"
  66.   A round; a scrap of song.
  67.   That which catches; a fastening.
  68.   attract and fix; " His look caught her"; " She caught his eye"; " Catch the attention of the waiter"
  69.   To attain possession.
  70.   Act of seizing; a grasp.
  71.   hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers; " We overheard the conversation at the next table"
  72.   Hence: To insnare; to entangle.
  73.   That which is caught or taken; profit; gain; especially, the whole quantity caught or taken at one time; as, a good catch of fish.
  74.   spread or be communicated; " The fashion did not catch"
  75.   The act of seizing or grasping; that which is taken; as, a good catch of fish.
  76.   catch up with and possibly overtake; " The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp"
  77.   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.
  78.   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.
  79.   a hidden drawback; " it sounds good but what's the catch?"
  80.   reach in time; " I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock"
  81.   To take hold of: to seize after pursuit: to trap or insnare: to take a disease by infection.
  82.   take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of; " Catch the ball!"; " Grab the elevator door!"
  83.   To seize or attempt to seize something; with at.
  84.   To grasp; apprehend; engage; captivate.
  85.   Something desirable to be caught, esp. a husband or wife in matrimony.
  86.   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"
  87.   a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth; " he played catch with his son in the backyard"
  88.   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.
  89.   A humorous canon or round, so contrived that the singers catch up each other's words.

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. “ I am sure to catch you. ” – The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  2. 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
  3. “ " But don't worry, you'll catch more yet. ” – A Little Bush Maid by Mary Grant Bruce
  4. They were trying to catch each other. ” – The Son of His Mother by Clara Viebig
  5. There was a catch in her low voice. ” – The Rustlers of Pecos County by Zane Grey
  6. You can't catch me. ” – The Eye of Dread by Payne Erskine
  7. 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
  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. Perhaps they may catch the man. ” – The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume
  10. We will catch you in our arms! ” – Paul Patoff by F. Marion Crawford
  11. “ An' didn't you catch noffin for me? ” – The Curlytops at Uncle Frank's Ranch by Howard R. Garis
  12. “ " You'll have to catch him yourself if you want him. ” – Brand Blotters by William MacLeod Raine
  13. He could not find the catch – The Little House in the Fairy Wood by Ethel Cook Eliot
  14. “ " 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
  15. “ " I did not catch it clearly. ” – The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood by Arthur Griffiths
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. What a joke it would be to come and catch him!" ” – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  19. And I'll catch you if I can. ” – The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  20. 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

Idioms for catch