Definition of Catch

1. Noun. A drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident. "It sounds good but what's the catch?"

Exact synonyms: Gimmick
Generic synonyms: Drawback
Derivative terms: Catchy

2. Verb. Discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly; catch somebody doing something or in a certain state. "She was caught shoplifting"
Generic synonyms: Surprise

3. Noun. The quantity that was caught. "The catch was only 10 fish"
Exact synonyms: Haul
Generic synonyms: Indefinite Quantity

4. Verb. Perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily. "Catch a glimpse"
Exact synonyms: Pick Up
Generic synonyms: Comprehend, Perceive

5. Noun. A person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect.
Exact synonyms: Match
Generic synonyms: Adult, Grownup
Derivative terms: Match, Match

6. Verb. Reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot. "The punch caught him in the stomach"
Exact synonyms: Get
Generic synonyms: Hit

7. Noun. Anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching). "He shared his catch with the others"
Generic synonyms: Object, Physical Object

8. Verb. Take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of. "Grab the elevator door!"
Exact synonyms: Grab, Take Hold Of
Specialized synonyms: Harpoon, Fish, Hook, Net, Nett, Intercept, Stop
Generic synonyms: Clutch, Prehend, Seize
Also: Catch Up
Derivative terms: Catcher, Catcher, Grab

9. Noun. A break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion).
Generic synonyms: Delivery, Manner Of Speaking, Speech

10. Verb. Succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase. "Did you catch the thief?"
Exact synonyms: Capture, Get
Generic synonyms: Clutch, Prehend, Seize
Specialized synonyms: Recapture, Retake, Lasso, Rope
Derivative terms: Capture

11. Noun. A restraint that checks the motion of something. "He used a book as a stop to hold the door open"
Exact synonyms: Stop
Specialized synonyms: Bench Hook, Doorstop, Doorstopper, Click, Detent, Dog, Pawl, Trip, Tripper
Generic synonyms: Constraint, Restraint
Derivative terms: Stop, Stop, Stop

12. Verb. To hook or entangle. "One foot caught in the stirrup"
Exact synonyms: Hitch
Generic synonyms: Attach
Specialized synonyms: Snag
Antonyms: Unhitch

13. Noun. A fastener that fastens or locks a door or window.
Generic synonyms: Fastener, Fastening, Fixing, Holdfast
Specialized synonyms: Hasp, Hood Latch, Hook, Latch

14. Verb. Attract and fix. "Catch the attention of the waiter"
Exact synonyms: Arrest, Get
Generic synonyms: Attract, Draw, Draw In, Pull, Pull In

15. Noun. A cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth. "He played catch with his son in the backyard"
Generic synonyms: Game

16. Verb. Capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping. "I caught a rabbit in the trap today"
Exact synonyms: Capture
Specialized synonyms: Hunt, Hunt Down, Run, Track Down, Frog, Bag, Batfowl, Rat, Ensnare, Entrap, Snare, Trammel, Trap
Generic synonyms: Acquire, Get
Derivative terms: Capturer

17. Noun. The act of catching an object with the hands. "The infielder's snap and throw was a single motion"
Exact synonyms: Grab, Snap, Snatch
Generic synonyms: Touch, Touching
Specialized synonyms: Fair Catch, Interception, Reception, Rebound, Shoestring Catch, Interlock, Interlocking, Mesh, Meshing
Derivative terms: Grab, Grab, Grab, Grab, Snap, Snatch, Snatch

18. Verb. Reach in time. "I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock"
Related verbs: Catch Up With, Overtake
Specialized synonyms: Get
Generic synonyms: Board, Get On

19. Noun. The act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal). "The policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
Exact synonyms: Apprehension, Arrest, Collar, Pinch, Taking Into Custody
Generic synonyms: Capture, Gaining Control, Seizure
Derivative terms: Apprehend, Arrest, Collar

20. Verb. Get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly. "Catch one's breath"
Generic synonyms: Acquire, Get

21. Verb. Catch up with and possibly overtake. "The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp"
Exact synonyms: Catch Up With, Overtake
Entails: Compete, Contend, Vie
Derivative terms: Overtaking

22. Verb. Be struck or affected by. "Catch the mood"
Generic synonyms: Change
Related verbs: Get

23. Verb. Check oneself during an action. "She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind"
Generic synonyms: Check, Contain, Control, Curb, Hold, Hold In, Moderate

24. Verb. Hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers. "They catch that there was a traffic accident "; "We overheard the conversation at the next table"
Exact synonyms: Overhear, Take In
Generic synonyms: Hear
Entails: Listen
Related verbs: Get

25. Verb. See or watch. "Sam and Sue catch the movie "; "See a movie"
Exact synonyms: See, Take In, View, Watch
Related verbs: See
Generic synonyms: Watch
Specialized synonyms: Visualise, Visualize, Spectate, Preview
Derivative terms: Seer, View, View, View, Viewable, Viewer, Watch

26. Verb. Cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled. "I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles"
Related verbs: Hitch

27. Verb. Detect a blunder or misstep. "The reporter tripped up the senator"
Exact synonyms: Trip Up
Generic synonyms: Discover, Find Out, Get A Line, Get Wind, Get Word, Hear, Learn, Pick Up, See
Derivative terms: Trip-up

28. Verb. Grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of. "I just don't get him"
Exact synonyms: Get
Generic synonyms: Understand
Related verbs: Get, Get

29. Verb. Contract. "Did you catch a cold?"
Generic synonyms: Contract, Get, Take
Related verbs: Contract, Get, Take
Specialized synonyms: Catch Cold

30. Verb. Start burning. "The fire caught"

31. Verb. Perceive by hearing. "She didn't get his name when they met the first time"
Exact synonyms: Get
Generic synonyms: Hear
Related verbs: Overhear, Take In

32. Verb. Suffer from the receipt of. "She will catch hell for this behavior!"
Exact synonyms: Get
Related verbs: Get, Receive
Generic synonyms: Ache, Hurt, Suffer

33. Verb. Attract; cause to be enamored. "The performance is likely to catch Sue"; "She captured all the men's hearts"

34. Verb. Apprehend and reproduce accurately. "She got the mood just right in her photographs"
Exact synonyms: Get
Related verbs: Get
Generic synonyms: Reproduce

35. Verb. Take in and retain. "We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater"
Related verbs: Capture
Generic synonyms: Accumulate, Amass, Collect, Compile, Hoard, Pile Up, Roll Up
Derivative terms: Catchment

36. Verb. Spread or be communicated. "The fashion did not catch"
Generic synonyms: Propagate, Spread

37. Verb. Be the catcher. "Who is catching?"
Category relationships: Baseball, Baseball Game
Generic synonyms: Play
Related verbs: Grab, Take Hold Of
Derivative terms: Catcher

38. Verb. Become aware of. "He caught her staring out the window"
Generic synonyms: Find, See, Witness

39. Verb. Delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned. "I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting"
Generic synonyms: Delay, Detain, Hold Up

Definition of Catch

1. v. t. 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. v. i. To attain possession.

3. n. Act of seizing; a grasp.

Definition of Catch

1. Noun. The act of seizing or capturing. (jump act of capturing s) ¹

2. Noun. The act of catching an object in motion, especially a ball. (jump catching a ball s t) ¹

3. Noun. The act of noticing, understanding or hearing. (jump act of noticing s t) ¹

4. Noun. The game of catching a ball. (jump ball game t) ¹

5. Noun. A find, in particular a boyfriend or girlfriend or prospective spouse. (jump a find s t) ¹

6. Noun. Something which is captured or caught. (jump something caught t) ¹

7. Noun. The amount which is caught, especially of fish. (jump quantity captured s) ¹

8. Noun. A stopping mechanism, especially a clasp which stops something from opening. (jump stopping mechanism s t) ¹

9. Noun. A hesitation in voice, caused by strong emotion. ¹

10. Noun. (countable sometimes noun adjunct) A concealed difficulty, especially in a deal or negotiation. (jump hidden difficulty s t) ¹

11. Noun. A crick; a sudden muscle pain during unaccustomed positioning when the muscle is in use. ¹

12. Noun. A fragment of music or poetry. (jump fragment of music s) ¹

13. Noun. (obsolete) A state of readiness to capture or seize; an ambush. ¹

14. Noun. (countable agriculture) A crop which has germinated and begun to grow. ¹

15. Noun. (obsolete) A type of strong boat, usually having two masts; a ketch. ¹

16. Noun. (countable music) A type of humorous round in which the voices gradually catch up with one another; usually sung by men and often having bawdy lyrics. ¹

17. Noun. (countable music) The refrain; a line or lines of a song which are repeated from verse to verse. (jump refrain s) ¹

18. Noun. (countable cricket) The act of catching a hit ball before it reaches the ground, resulting in an out. ¹

19. Noun. (countable cricket) A player in respect of his catching ability; particularly one who catches well. ¹

20. Noun. (countable rowing) The first contact of an oar with the water. ¹

21. Noun. (countable phonetics) A stoppage of breath, resembling a slight cough. ¹

22. Verb. To capture, overtake. ¹

23. Verb. To seize hold of. ¹

24. Verb. To intercept. ¹

25. Verb. To receive (by being in the way). ¹

26. Verb. To take in with one's senses or intellect. ¹

27. Verb. To seize attention, interest. ¹

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Definition of Catch

1. to capture after pursuit [v CAUGHT, CATCHING, CATCHES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Catch

catch (current term)
catch a buzz
catch a cold

Literary usage of Catch

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"This catch, if, as has generally been the case, it consists of a simple hook, under the projection of which one end of the lever remains when in the locking ..."

2. Early Western Travels, 1748-1846: A Series of Annotated Reprints of Some of by Reuben Gold Thwaites (1905)
"The familiar note of preparation, "catch up! catch up!" was now sounded from the captain's camp, and re-echoed from every division and scattered group along ..."

3. Annual Report by Illinois Farmers' Institute (1902)
"But the rain did not come and he is wondering to this day why he did not secure a catch of clover. And yet if we would take the trouble to inquire into the ..."

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