catch  

  • Pronunciation of catch: K AE1 CH

  • Number of syllables of catch: 1

  • Pronunciation Video of catch

  • Definition of catch

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

    • He went fishing to catch trouts.  
    • He bought seine to catch more fish.  
    • Something is yon but cannot catch.  
    • The catch on the hoax is impressive.  
    • He tried to catch a snowflake.  
    • He often uses seine to catch fish.  
    • How many roaches did you catch  
    • Someone called the police to catch a rover.  
    • The men used bathetic means to catch the criminal.  
    • Whalers did not catch any whales today.  

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