Definitions of catch

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