1. [ 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"

Related terms: surprise
2. [ verb ] perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily
Synonyms: pick_up

"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"

Related terms: perceive
3. [ verb ] reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot
Synonyms: get

: "the rock caught her in the back of the head" "The blow got him in the back" "The punch caught him in the stomach"

Related terms: hit
4. [ verb ] succeed in catching or seizing, , esp. after a chase
Synonyms: capture get

"We finally got the suspect" "Did you catch the thief?"

Related terms: clutch seize recapture lasso capture
5. [ verb ] take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of
Synonyms: grab take_hold_of

"Catch the ball!" "Grab the elevator door!"

Related terms: seize clutch intercept fish harpoon hook net catch_up catcher catcher
6. [ verb ] to hook or entangle
Synonyms: hitch

: "One foot caught in the stirrup"

Related terms: unhitch attach snag
7. [ verb ] attract and fix
Synonyms: get arrest

"His look caught her" "She caught his eye" "Catch the attention of the waiter"

Related terms: attract attract
8. [ verb ] capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
Synonyms: capture

"I caught a rabbit in the trap toady"

Related terms: get hunt trap bag rat recapture batfowl
9. [ verb ] (transportation) reach in time

"I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock"

Related terms: board get overtake
10. [ verb ] get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly

"Catch some sleep" "catch one's breath"

Related terms: get
11. [ verb ] be struck or affected by

"catch fire", "catch the mood", etc.

Related terms: change
12. [ verb ] catch up with and possibly overtake
Synonyms: catch_up_with overtake

"The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp"

Related terms: passing compete
13. [ verb ] see or watch
Synonyms: see watch view take_in

"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"

Related terms: watch visualise preview spectate see view spectator watch seer
14. [ verb ] grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of
Synonyms: get

"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"

Related terms: understand get
15. [ verb ] cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled

"I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles"

Related terms: hitch
16. [ verb ] contract

"did you catch a cold?"

Related terms: contract catch_cold contract
17. [ noun ] a hidden drawback

"it sounds good but what's the catch?"

Related terms: drawback
18. [ verb ] check oneself during an action

"She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind"

Related terms: control
19. [ verb ] detect a blunder or misstep
Synonyms: trip_up

: "The reporter tripped up the senator"

Related terms: learn trip
20. [ verb ] hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers
Synonyms: overhear take_in

"We overheard the conversation at the next table"

Related terms: hear listen
21. [ verb ] become aware of

"he caught her staring out the window"

Related terms: witness
22. [ noun ] anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching)

"he shared his catch with the others"

Related terms: object
23. [ verb ] (baseball,games) be the catcher, in baseball

"Who is catching?"

Related terms: play baseball
24. [ verb ] start burning

"The fire caught."

Related terms: ignite
25. [ noun ] a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect
Synonyms: match
Related terms: adult match
26. [ noun ] a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window
Related terms: fastener hasp hook hood_latch latch hitch
27. [ noun ] the quantity that was caught
Synonyms: haul

"the catch was only 10 fish"

Related terms: indefinite_quantity capture
28. [ verb ] spread or be communicated

"The fashion did not catch"

Related terms: spread
29. [ noun ] a restraint that checks the motion of something
Synonyms: stop

"he used a book as a stop to hold the door open"

Related terms: restraint doorstop tripper pawl barricade
30. [ noun ] the act of catching an object with the hands
Synonyms: snap snatch grab

"Mays made the catch with his back to the plate"

Related terms: touch reception fair_catch rebound shoestring_catch mesh interception snatch snap_up grab grab
31. [ verb ] delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned

"I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting"

Related terms: delay
32. [ verb ] attract; cause to be enamored
Synonyms: capture charm captivate beguile bewitch fascinate enamor becharm enchant entrance trance enamour

"She captured all the men's hearts"

Related terms: attract hold work appeal enchantment fascination captivation smoothie charmer bewitchery captive
33. [ verb ] apprehend and reproduce accurately
Synonyms: get

"She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings" "She got the mood just right in her photographs"

Related terms: reproduce
34. [ verb ] perceive by hearing
Synonyms: get

"I didn't catch your name" "She didn't get his name when they met the first time"

Related terms: hear
35. [ verb ] suffer from the receipt of
Synonyms: get

"She will catch hell for this behavior!"

Related terms: hurt get
36. [ noun ] (rhetoric) a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)
Related terms: manner_of_speaking
37. [ noun ] (games) a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth

"he played catch with his son in the backyard"

Related terms: game
38. [ verb ] take in and retain

"We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater"

Related terms: collect capture
39. [ noun ] (criminal law) the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
Synonyms: arrest pinch collar taking_into_custody apprehension

"the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"

Related terms: capture collar
Similar spelling:   catchy