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catch
WordNet 2.0
  • the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
  • "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
  • 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"
  • "the infielder''s snap and throw was a single
  • a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth
  • "he played catch with his son in the backyard"
  • a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window
  • a restraint that checks the motion of something
  • "he used a book as a stop to hold the door open"
  • a hidden drawback
  • "it sounds good but what''s the catch?"
  • a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)
  • anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching)
  • "he shared his catch with the others"
  • a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect
  • the quantity that was caught
  • "the catch was only 10 fish"
  • contract
  • "did you catch a cold?"
  • delay or hold up
  • prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned
  • "I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting"
  • be struck or affected by
  • "catch fire"
  • "catch the mood"
  • 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"
  • detect a blunder or misstep
  • "The reporter tripped up the senator"
  • 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"
  • become aware of
  • "he caught her staring out the window"
  • be the catcher
  • "Who is catching?"
  • catch up with and possibly overtake
  • "The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp"
  • succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase
  • "We finally got the suspect"
  • "Did you catch the thief?"
  • to hook or entangle
  • "One foot caught in the stirrup"
  • cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled
  • "I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles"
  • spread or be communicated
  • "The fashion did not catch"
  • 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"
  • take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of
  • "Catch the ball!"
  • "Grab the elevator door!"
  • capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
  • "I caught a rabbit in the trap toady"
  • take in and retain
  • "We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater"
  • attract and fix
  • "His look caught her"
  • "She caught his eye"
  • "Catch the attention of the waiter"
  • apprehend and reproduce accurately
  • "She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings"
  • "She got the mood just right in her photographs"
  • attract
  • cause to be enamored
  • "She captured all the men''s hearts"
  • reach in time
  • "I have to catch a train at 7 o''clock"
  • suffer from the receipt of
  • "She will catch hell for this behavior!"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers
  • "We overheard the conversation at the next table"
  • perceive by hearing
  • "I didn''t catch your name"
  • "She didn''t get his name when they met the first time"
  • get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly
  • "Catch some sleep"
  • "catch one''s breath"
  • check oneself during an action
  • "She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind"
  • start burning
  • "The fire caught"
catch
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. 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.

    2. To seize after pursuing; to arrest; as, to catch a thief. "They pursued . . . and caught him." Judg. i. 6.

    3. To take captive, as in a snare or net, or on a hook; as, to catch a bird or fish.

    4. Hence: To insnare; to entangle. "To catch him in his words". Mark xii. 13.

    5. To seize with the senses or the mind; to apprehend; as, to catch a melody. "Fiery thoughts . . . whereof I catch the issue." Tennyson.

    6. To communicate to; to fasten upon; as, the fire caught the adjoining building.

    7. To engage and attach; to please; to charm.

    "The soothing arts that catch the fair. Dryden." --

    8. To get possession of; to attain.

    "Torment myself to catch the English throne. Shak." --

    9. 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.

    10. To come upon unexpectedly or by surprise; to find; as, to catch one in the act of stealing.

    11. To reach in time; to come up with; as, to catch a train.

    To catch fire
    to become inflamed or ignited.

    to catch it
    to get a scolding or beating; to suffer punishment. [Colloq.]

    To catch one's eye
    to interrupt captiously while speaking. [Colloq.] "You catch me up so very short." Dickens.

    To catch up
    to snatch; to take up suddenly.

  • 1. To attain possession. [Obs.]

    "Have is have, however men do catch. Shak." --

    2. 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.

    3. To take hold; as, the bolt does not catch.

    4. To spread by, or as by, infecting; to communicate.

    "Does the sedition catch from man to man? Addison." --

    To catch at
    to attempt to seize; to be eager to get or use. "[To] catch at all opportunities of subverting the state." Addison.

    To catch up with
    to come up with; to overtake.

  • 1. Act of seizing; a grasp. Sir P. Sidney.

    2. That by which anything is caught or temporarily fastened; as, the catch of a gate.

    3. 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. [Archaic] Addison.

    "The common and the canon law . . . lie at catch, and wait advantages one againt another. T. Fuller." --

    4. That which is caught or taken; profit; gain; especially, the whole quantity caught or taken at one time; as, a good catch of fish.

    "Hector shall have a great catch if he knock out either of your brains. Shak." --

    5. Something desirable to be caught, esp. a husband or wife in matrimony. [Colloq.] Marryat.

    6. pl. Passing opportunities seized; snatches.

    "It has been writ by catches with many intervals. Locke." --

    7. A slight remembrance; a trace.

    "We retain a catch of those pretty stories. Glanvill." --

    8. (Mus.) A humorous canon or round, so contrived that the singers catch up each other's words.

 

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