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1catch/ˈkætʃ, ˈkɛtʃ/verb
catchescaught/ˈkɑːt/catching
1catch
/ˈkætʃ, ˈkɛtʃ/
verb
catchescaught/ˈkɑːt/catching
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
pluralcatches
2catch
/ˈkætʃ, ˈkɛtʃ/
noun
pluralcatches
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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