Catch - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kætʃ|  American pronunciation of the word catch
Brit.  |kætʃ|  British pronunciation of the word catch
irregular verb:  p.t. — caught  p.p. — caught


- a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident (syn: gimmick)
it sounds good but what's the catch?
- the quantity that was caught (syn: haul)
the catch was only 10 fish
- a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect (syn: match)
- anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching)
he shared his catch with the others
- a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)
- a restraint that checks the motion of something (syn: stop)
- a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window
- a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth
he played catch with his son in the backyard
- the act of catching an object with the hands (syn: grab, snap, snatch)
Mays made the catch with his back to the plate
- the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal) (syn: apprehension, arrest, collar, pinch)


- discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly; catch somebody doing something or in a certain state
- perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily (syn: pick up)
ears open to catch every sound
- reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot (syn: get)
- take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of (syn: grab)
- succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase (syn: capture, get)
Did you catch the thief?
- to hook or entangle (syn: hitch)
- attract and fix (syn: arrest, get)
- capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping (syn: capture)
- reach in time
I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock
- get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly
catch one's breath
- catch up with and possibly overtake (syn: overtake)
- be struck or affected by
catch fire
catch the mood
- check oneself during an action
She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind
- hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers (syn: overhear, take in)
- see or watch (syn: see, take in, view, watch)
- cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled
- detect a blunder or misstep
- grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of (syn: get)
did you catch that allusion?
don't catch your meaning
- contract
did you catch a cold?
- start burning
- perceive by hearing (syn: get)
I didn't catch your name
- suffer from the receipt of (syn: get)
She will catch hell for this behavior!
- attract; cause to be enamored (syn: beguile, bewitch, captivate, capture, charm, enamor, enamour, enchant, entrance, fascinate, trance)
- apprehend and reproduce accurately (syn: get)
- take in and retain
We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater
- spread or be communicated
The fashion did not catch
- be the catcher
Who is catching?
- become aware of
- delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned

Extra examples

Catch the ball and throw it to first base.

She caught the ball with one hand.

I dropped the book but managed to catch it before it hit the ground.

I'll throw you the keys. Ready? Catch!

He caught hold of her wrist.

The police are working hard to catch the criminals and put them in jail.

I once caught 10 fish in a single day.

In the summer, we would catch fireflies and put them in jars.

I caught her just as she was leaving for work.

The shortstop made a tough catch.

She used to play catch with her dad.

Let's play a game of catch.

A catch of about 20 fish

The rain caught us just as we had reached the shoulder of the hill.

She caught him a sounding box on the ear.

Phrasal verbs

catch on  — understand, usually after some initial difficulty
catch up  — reach the point where one should be after a delay

Word forms

I/you/we/they: catch
he/she/it: catches
present participle: catching
past tense: caught
past participle: caught
singular: catch
plural: catches
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