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1catch/ˈkætʃ, ˈkɛtʃ/verb
/ˈkætʃ, ˈkɛtʃ/
Learner's definition of CATCH  
: to use your hands to stop and hold (an object that is moving through the air)
[+ object]
[no object]
   b  [+ object]  : to use your hands to grasp and hold onto (someone or something)
[+ object]  : to capture and not allow (a person, animal, or fish) to escape
[+ object] 
: to manage to find, meet, or reach (someone) at a particular time or in a particular state or condition
   b  : to find (someone who is doing something wrong)
[+ object]  : to affect (someone) in a sudden and surprising way
[+ object] 
: to suddenly stop (yourself) before you do something
   b  : to suddenly become aware that you are doing something
[+ object]  : to cause (someone) to be stopped, delayed, etc. — usually used as (be/get) caught
— see also caught up in 1 (below)
: to cause (something) to become stuck and unable to move
[+ object]
[no object]
[no object]  : to have the parts connect firmly
[+ object] 
: to stop and hold (falling water)
   b  : to become covered with (something that moves through the air)
[+ object] 
10  : to hit or touch (someone or something)
   b  : to be hit or touched by (something)
11  [+ object]  : to become affected with (a sickness or disease)
◊ When people say that you will catch your death (of cold), they mean that you will become sick or catch a very bad cold.
— see also catching
12  [+ object]  : to begin to feel excitement or interest about something
13  [+ object]  : to attract and hold (someone's attention, interest, etc.)
◊ If someone or something catches your eye, you notice that person or thing.
— see also eye-catching
14  [+ object]  : to see, smell, or notice (something)
15  [+ object]informal  : to hear or understand (something)
16  [+ object]  : to become aware of (something, such as an illness)
17  [+ object]  : to have or do (something)
18  [+ object]  : to get (something) through effort
19  [+ object]informal  : to meet with (someone)
20  [+ object]  : to move fast enough to be next to or in front of (someone)
21  [+ object]  : to get on a bus, train, etc., before it leaves
22  [+ object]  : to see or hear (a show, game, etc.)
23  [+ object]  : to describe or show (someone or something) in an accurate way in art
24  [no object]baseball  : to play the position of catcher

catch at

[phrasal verb]
catch at (something) 
: to reach for and try to hold (something)

catch fire

or UScatch on fire
: to begin to burn
: to become very popular or effective

catch hell

— see hell

catch it

chiefly British, informal
: to be punished or scolded

catch lightning in a bottle

— see 1lightning

catch on

[phrasal verb]
: to become popular
: to learn or understand something

catch out

[phrasal verb]
catch (someone) outchiefly British 
: to show that (someone) does not know something or is doing something bad

catch (someone) dead

— see 1dead

catch up

[phrasal verb]
: to move fast enough to join someone or something that is in front of you — often + with or to — often used figuratively
: to learn about recent events — often + on
catch up on (something)  : to do (something) that you could have done earlier
catch (someone) upBritish  : to join someone who is ahead of you
catch up with (someone) 
: to begin to affect (someone) usually in a bad way
   b  : to find and arrest (someone)
   c  informal  : to meet with (someone)

catch your breath

— see breath

caught in the middle

— see 2middle

caught short

: not having enough of something
British, informal  : having a sudden urge to use the toilet

caught up in

: involved in (a difficult or confusing situation)
— see also 1catch 6 (above)
: excited about something and having trouble thinking about anything else

— catchable

/ˈkætʃəbəl, ˈkɛtʃəbəl/adjective
2catch/ˈkætʃ, ˈkɛtʃ/noun
/ˈkætʃ, ˈkɛtʃ/
Learner's definition of CATCH  
[count]  : a hidden problem that makes something more complicated or difficult to do — usually singular
[count]  : the act of stopping a moving object (such as a ball) and holding it in your hands : the act of catching something
   b  [noncount]  : a game in which two or more people throw and catch a ball
[count]  : an amount of fish that has been caught
[count]old-fashioned  : a person who would be very desirable as a husband or wife
[count]  : something that holds an object or stops the parts of an object from moving
[singular]  : a short, sharp change or stop in a person's voice or breath while speaking
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