catch




When you catch something, you grasp it or seize it in your hands, the way you catch a basketball when your friend throws it to you.

As a verb, catch describes grabbing and holding on. Adding the preposition on means you understand something, like when you catch on to your little brother’s scheme to get out of doing chores, or to describe something that’s getting popular, like a pop song that catches on then becomes a huge hit. If someone tells you there’s a catch, it means there is a complication, but if a person is a catch, he or she makes a good romantic partner.

Definitions of catch
  1. verb

    take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of

    Catch the ball!”
    synonyms:
    grab, take hold of
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    harpoon

    spear with a harpoon
    fish

    catch or try to catch fish or shellfish
    hook

    catch with a hook
    net, nett

    catch with a net
    intercept, stop

    seize on its way
    crab

    fish for crab
    seine

    fish with a seine; catch fish with a seine
    scallop, scollop

    fish for scallops
    rail

    fish with a handline over the rails of a boat
    brail

    haul fish aboard with brails
    angle

    fish with a hook
    shrimp

    fish for shrimp
    net fish

    fish with nets
    shark

    hunt shark
    trawl

    fish with trawlers
    still-fish

    fish with the line and bait resting still or stationary in the water
    seize

    hook by a pull on the line
    prawn

    fish for prawns
    cut off, cut out

    cut off and stop
    type of:

    clutch, prehend, seize

    take hold of; grab

  2. verb

    succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase

    “Did you
    catch the thief?”
    synonyms:
    capture, get
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    recapture, retake

    capture again
    lasso, rope

    catch with a lasso
    type of:

    clutch, prehend, seize

    take hold of; grab

  3. verb

    capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping

    “I
    caught a rabbit in the trap today”
    synonyms:
    capture
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    hunt, hunt down, run, track down

    pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)
    frog

    hunt frogs for food
    bag

    capture or kill, as in hunting
    batfowl

    catch birds by temporarily blinding them
    rat

    catch rats, especially with dogs
    ensnare, entrap, snare, trammel, trap

    catch in or as if in a trap
    snipe

    hunt or shoot snipe
    whale

    hunt for whales
    ambush, still-hunt

    hunt (quarry) by stalking and ambushing
    turtle

    hunt for turtles, especially as an occupation
    drive

    hunting: chase from cover into more open ground
    drive

    hunting: search for game
    rabbit

    hunt rabbits
    fowl

    hunt fowl in the forest
    poach

    hunt illegally
    seal

    hunt seals
    ferret

    hunt with ferrets
    course

    hunt with hounds
    foxhunt

    hunt foxes, on horseback and with dogs
    jack, jacklight

    hunt with a jacklight
    hawk

    hunt with hawks
    falcon

    hunt with falcons
    fowl

    hunt fowl
    gin

    trap with a snare
    forage, scrounge

    collect or look around for (food)
    type of:

    acquire, get

    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

  4. verb

    attract; cause to be enamored

    synonyms:
    becharm, beguile, bewitch, captivate, capture, charm, enamor, enamour, enchant, entrance, fascinate, trance
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    types:

    hold

    hold the attention of
    work

    gratify and charm, usually in order to influence
    type of:

    appeal, attract

    be attractive to

  5. verb

    take in and retain

    “We have a big barrel to
    catch the rainwater”
    Synonyms:

    capture

    capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
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    accumulate, amass, collect, compile, hoard, pile up, roll up

    get or gather together

  6. verb

    get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly

    Catch some sleep”
    catch one’s breath”
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    type of:

    acquire, get

    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

  7. verb

    cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled

    “I
    caught the hem of my dress in the brambles”
    Synonyms:

    hitch

    to hook or entangle
  8. verb

    delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned

    “I was
    caught in traffic and missed the meeting”
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    type of:

    delay, detain, hold up

    cause to be slowed down or delayed

  9. verb

    to hook or entangle

    “One foot
    caught in the stirrup”
    synonyms:
    hitch
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    Antonyms:

    unhitch

    unfasten or release from or as if from a hitch
    types:

    snag

    catch on a snag
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    attach

    cause to be attached

  10. verb

    attract and fix

    “His look
    caught her”
    “She
    caught his eye”
    Catch the attention of the waiter”
    synonyms:
    arrest, get
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    attract, draw, draw in, pull, pull in

    direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes

  11. verb

    reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot

    “the rock
    caught her in the back of the head”
    “The punch
    caught him in the stomach”
    synonyms:
    get
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    type of:

    hit

    deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument

  12. verb

    reach in time

    “I have to
    catch a train at 7 o’clock”
    Synonyms:

    catch up with, overtake

    catch up with and possibly overtake
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    get

    reach and board
    type of:

    board, get on

    get on board of (trains, buses, ships, aircraft, etc.)

  13. verb

    catch up with and possibly overtake

    “The Rolls Royce
    caught us near the exit ramp”
    synonyms:
    catch up with, overtake

  14. verb

    be struck or affected by

    catch fire”
    catch the mood”
    Synonyms:

    get

    suffer from the receipt of
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    type of:

    change

    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one’s or its original nature

  15. verb

    start burning

    “The fire
    caught
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    type of:

    catch fire, combust, conflagrate, erupt, ignite, take fire

    start to burn or burst into flames

  16. verb

    contract

    “did you
    catch a cold?”
    Synonyms:

    contract, get, take

    be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
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    types:

    catch cold

    come down with a cold
    type of:

    contract, get, take

    be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness

  17. verb

    suffer from the receipt of

    “She will
    catch hell for this behavior!”
    synonyms:
    get

    get, receive

    receive as a retribution or punishment
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    ache, hurt, suffer

    feel physical pain

  18. verb

    be the catcher

    “Who is
    catching?”
    Synonyms:

    grab, take hold of

    take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of
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    type of:

    play

    participate in games or sport

  19. noun

    the act of catching an object with the hands

    “Mays made the
    catch with his back to the plate”
    synonyms:
    grab, snap, snatch
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    fair catch

    (American football) a catch of a punt on the fly by a defensive player who has signalled that he will not run and so should not be tackled
    interception

    (American football) the act of catching a football by a player on the opposing team
    reception

    (American football) the act of catching a pass in football
    rebound

    the act of securing possession of the rebounding basketball after a missed shot
    shoestring catch

    (baseball) a running catch made near the ground
    interlock, interlocking, mesh, meshing

    the act of interlocking or meshing
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    touch, touching

    the act of putting two things together with no space between them

  20. noun

    the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)

    synonyms:
    apprehension, arrest, collar, pinch, taking into custody
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    capture, gaining control, seizure

    the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property

  21. noun

    anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching)

    “he shared his
    catch with the others”
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    object, physical object

    a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow

  22. noun

    a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect

    synonyms:
    match
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    type of:

    adult, grownup

    a fully developed person from maturity onward

  23. noun

    the quantity that was caught

    “the
    catch was only 10 fish”
    synonyms:
    haul
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    type of:

    indefinite quantity

    an estimated quantity

  24. noun

    a restraint that checks the motion of something

    synonyms:
    stop
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    bench hook

    any of various stops on a workbench against which work can be pushed (as while chiseling or planing)
    doorstop, doorstopper

    a stop that keeps open doors from moving
    click, detent, dog, pawl

    a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward
    trip, tripper

    a catch mechanism that acts as a switch
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    constraint, restraint

    a device that retards something’s motion

  25. noun

    a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window

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    hasp

    a fastener for a door or lid; a hinged metal plate is fitted over a staple and is locked with a pin or padlock
    hood latch

    a catch that holds the hood of a car shut
    hook

    a catch for locking a door
    latch

    catch for fastening a door or gate; a bar that can be lowered or slid into a groove
    type of:

    fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast

    restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place

  26. noun

    a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)

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    delivery, manner of speaking, speech

    your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally

  27. noun

    a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth

    “he played
    catch with his son in the backyard”
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    type of:

    game

    an amusement or pastime

  28. verb

    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”
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    type of:

    surprise

    cause to be surprised

  29. verb

    become aware of

    “he
    caught her staring out the window”
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    type of:

    find, see, witness

    perceive or be contemporaneous with

  30. verb

    grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of

    “did you
    catch that allusion?”
    “We
    caught something of his theory in the lecture”
    “don’t
    catch your meaning”
    synonyms:
    get

    get

    apprehend and reproduce accurately
    get

    acquire as a result of some effort or action
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    type of:

    understand

    know and comprehend the nature or meaning of

  31. verb

    detect a blunder or misstep

    synonyms:
    trip up
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    type of:

    discover, find out, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, learn, pick up, see

    get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally

  32. verb

    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”
    Catch a glimpse”
    synonyms:
    pick up
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    type of:

    comprehend, perceive

    to become aware of through the senses

  33. verb

    see or watch

    Catch a show on Broadway”
    synonyms:
    see, take in, view, watch

    see

    perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight
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    visualise, visualize

    view the outline of by means of an X-ray
    spectate

    be a spectator in a sports event
    preview

    watch (a movie or play) before it is released to the general public
    image

    render visible, as by means of MRI
    type of:

    watch

    look attentively

  34. verb

    perceive by hearing

    “I didn’t
    catch your name”
    synonyms:
    get

    overhear, take in

    hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers
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    type of:

    hear

    perceive (sound) via the auditory sense

  35. verb

    hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers

    synonyms:
    overhear, take in

    get

    perceive by hearing
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    type of:

    hear

    perceive (sound) via the auditory sense

  36. verb

    apprehend and reproduce accurately

    “She really
    caught the spirit of the place in her drawings”
    synonyms:
    get

    get

    grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of
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    type of:

    reproduce

    recreate a sound, image, idea, mood, atmosphere, etc.

  37. verb

    check oneself during an action

    “She managed to
    catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind”
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    type of:

    check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate

    lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

  38. noun

    a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident

    “it sounds good but what’s the
    catch?”
    synonyms:
    gimmick
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    type of:

    drawback

    the quality of being a hindrance

  39. verb

    spread or be communicated

    “The fashion did not
    catch
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    type of:

    propagate, spread

    become distributed or widespread

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