catch has definitions from the fields of baseball,criminal law,rhetoric,games,transportation
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[ verb ] discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly; catch somebody doing something or in a certain state

Examples

: "She caught her son eating candy" "She was caught shoplifting"

Used in print

(Jim Berry Pearson, The Maxwell Land Grant....)

District_Attorney M._W._Mills warned that he would vigorously prosecute persons caught committing these crimes or carrying arms - he just did n't catch anyone .

District_Attorney M._W._Mills warned that he would vigorously prosecute persons caught committing these crimes or carrying arms - he just did n't catch anyone .

(Tristram Coffin, Not to the Swift....)

They caught Trig stealing liquor from the officers ' mess , and he got a_couple_of girls in_trouble .

(Francis Pollini, Night....)

He had caught her coming_out of the shack .

(Ann Hebson, The Lattimer Legend....)

`` You 're gonna get caught '' , she heard Joel say to Uncle_Randolph by the pump one morning .

Related terms

surprise

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[ verb ] perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily

Synonyms

pick_up

Examples

"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"

Used in print

(Organic Gardening and Farming,...)

Sometimes it takes several `` eatings '' of avocado to catch that delightful quality in taste that has made it such a favorite throughout the world .

(Frieda Arkin, "The Light of the Sea," in The...)

He ran on his plump sticks of legs , freezing now_and_again into the sudden startled attitudes which the camera had caught and held_on the paling photographs , all carefully placed and glued and labeled , resting in the fat plush album in the bottom drawer of the escritoire .

He gave Abel a quick glance and moved closer to the wheel , hugging it to him , and Abel caught this briefest of allusions to guilt .

Related terms

perceive

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[ verb ] reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot

Synonyms

get

Examples

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

Used in print

(W. H. Gass, "The Pedersen Kid," in The...)

When his arm came_up I ducked away but it caught me on the side of the neck , watering my eyes , and I backed_off to cough .

Related terms

hit

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[ verb ] succeed in catching or seizing, , esp. after a chase

Synonyms

capture get

Examples

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

Used in print

(Jim Berry Pearson, The Maxwell Land Grant....)

Finding him dead , Cook caught Russell 's horse and rode to the cattle foreman 's house to report the incident and request bloodhounds to trail the assassins .

(Francis Pollini, Night....)

He glowed with anticipation about what would happen to the culprits when they caught them .

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

Synonyms

grab take_hold_of

Examples

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

Used in print

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

His statistical record that year , when Texas won only one game and lost nine , was far from impressive : he carried the ball three times for a net gain of 10 yards , punted once for 39 yards and caught one pass for 13 yards .

(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)

Eventually the class will be able to kick up high enough so_that the teacher can catch the leading leg .

(Richard Ferber, Bitter Valley....)

She swung the quirt again , and this time he caught her wrist and pulled her out of the saddle .

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[ verb ] to hook or entangle

Synonyms

hitch

Examples

: "One foot caught in the stirrup"

Used in print

(Howard Fast, April Morning....)

The redcoat officer collapsed like a punctured bolster , and the horse reared and threw him from the saddle , except that one booted foot caught in the stirrup .

Related terms

unhitch attach snag

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[ verb ] attract and fix

Synonyms

get arrest

Examples

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

Used in print

(Mr. America, 4:6...)

The aspects of physical development that catch the judges ' eyes and which rightfully influence their decisions are symmetry and that hallmark of the true champion - superior definition of the muscles .

(Arthur Miller, "The Prophecy," in The Best...)

She had begun to turn_back toward the house , but his look caught her and she stood_still , waiting there for what his expression indicated would be a serious word_of_farewell .

Related terms

attract attract

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[ verb ] capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping

Synonyms

capture

Examples

"I caught a rabbit in the trap toady"

Used in print

(Brand Blanshard, "The Emotive Theory," Robert...)

We come_upon a rabbit that has been caught in one of the brutal traps in common use .

Related terms

get hunt trap bag rat recapture batfowl

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[ verb ] (transportation) reach in time

Examples

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

Used in print

(Leo Lemon, "Catch Up With" and "Something to...)

We caught the early train to New_York .

Related terms

board get overtake

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[ verb ] get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly

Examples

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

Used in print

(Edwin Booth, Outlaw Town....)

Jess caught his breath in surprise .

Related terms

get

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[ verb ] be struck or affected by

Examples

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

Used in print

(Mignon G. Eberhart, The Cup, the Blade...)

A rush of panic caught Sarah .

Related terms

change

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[ verb ] catch up with and possibly overtake

Examples

"The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp"

Used in print

(Ralph J. Salisbury, "On the Old Santa Fe Trail...)

I let_up on the accelerator , only to gradually reach again the 60 m._p._h. which would , I hoped , overhaul Herry and the blonde , and as there were cars whose drivers apparently had something more important to catch than had I , Mrs._Major_Roebuck settled_down to practicing on Corporal_Johnson the kittenish wiles she would need when making her duty call on Colonel and Mrs. Somebody in Sante_Fe .

Related terms

passing compete

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[ verb ] see or watch

Synonyms

see watch view take_in

Examples

"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"

Used in print

(Julia Newman, "Travel and Camera USA"...)

Of special interest this anniversary year of the war_between_the_states are the many Civil_War battlefields where , likely as not , you 'll catch some memorial re-enactments .

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[ verb ] grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of

Synonyms

get

Examples

"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"

Used in print

(Brainard Cheney, "Christianity and the Tragic Vision-Ut...)

He opens his discourse , however , with a review of the Eisenhower inaugural festivities at which a sympathetic press had assembled its massive talents , all primed to catch some revelation of the emerging new age .

Related terms

understand get

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[ verb ] cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled

Examples

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

Used in print

(W. E. B. DuBois, Worlds of Color....)

He was caught in a machine .

Related terms

hitch

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[ verb ] contract

Examples

"did you catch a cold?"

Used in print

(Perry Miller "Theodore Parker: Apostasy within Liberalism"...)

And he took repeated care to let his colleagues know that he intended them : `` Even the Unitarian churches have caught the malaria , and are worse than those who deceived them '' - which implied that they were very bad indeed .

Related terms

contract catch_cold contract

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[ noun ] a hidden drawback

Examples

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

Used in print

(R. F. Shaw, "The `Private Eye`"...)

There is only one catch to this idyllic arrangement :

Related terms

drawback

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[ verb ] check oneself during an action

Examples

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

Used in print

(Richard Tiernan, "Land of the Silver Dollar,"...)

`` God does n't have any appliance or cosmetics '' , he said heatedly before he caught himself .

Related terms

control

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[ verb ] detect a blunder or misstep

Synonyms

trip_up

Examples

: "The reporter tripped up the senator"

Used in print

(Jack Kaplan, "The Health Machine Menace: Therapy by...)

Yes , Tom caught it in_time to stay alive .

Related terms

learn trip

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[ verb ] hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers

Synonyms

overhear take_in

Examples

"We overheard the conversation at the next table"

Related terms

hear listen

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[ verb ] become aware of

Examples

"he caught her staring out the window"

Related terms

witness

22
[ noun ] anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching)

Examples

"he shared his catch with the others"

Related terms

object

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[ verb ] (baseball,games) be the catcher, in baseball

Examples

"Who is catching?"

Related terms

play baseball

24
[ verb ] start burning

Examples

"The fire caught."

Related terms

ignite

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[ noun ] a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect

Synonyms

match

Related terms

adult match

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[ noun ] a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window
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[ noun ] the quantity that was caught

Synonyms

haul

Examples

"the catch was only 10 fish"

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[ verb ] spread or be communicated

Examples

"The fashion did not catch"

Related terms

spread

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[ noun ] a restraint that checks the motion of something

Synonyms

stop

Examples

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

30
[ noun ] the act of catching an object with the hands

Synonyms

snap snatch grab

Examples

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

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

Examples

"I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting"

Related terms

delay

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[ verb ] attract; cause to be enamored

Examples

"She captured all the men's hearts"

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[ verb ] apprehend and reproduce accurately

Synonyms

get

Examples

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

Related terms

reproduce

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[ verb ] perceive by hearing

Synonyms

get

Examples

"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

Examples

"She will catch hell for this behavior!"

Related terms

hurt get

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[ noun ] (rhetoric) a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)

Related terms

manner_of_speaking

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[ noun ] (games) a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth

Examples

"he played catch with his son in the backyard"

Related terms

game

38
[ verb ] take in and retain

Examples

"We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater"

Related terms

collect capture

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[ noun ] (criminal law) the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)

Examples

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

Related terms

capture collar

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