Definitions of CATCH in various dictionaries:
a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident
the quantity that was caught
a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect
anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching)
a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)
a restraint that checks the motion of something
a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window
a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth
the act of catching an object with the hands
the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly
perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily
reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot
take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of
succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase
to hook or entangle
attract and fix
capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
reach in time
get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly
catch up with and possibly overtake
be struck or affected by
check oneself during an action
hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers
see or watch
cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled
detect a blunder or misstep
grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of
perceive by hearing
suffer from the receipt of
apprehend and reproduce accurately
take in and retain
spread or be communicated
be the catcher
become aware of
delay or hold up
To capture or seize, especially after a chase.
To take by or as if by trapping or snaring.
To discover or come upon suddenly, unexpectedly, or accidentally: He was caught in the act of stealing.
To become cognizant or aware of suddenly: caught her gazing out the window.
To take hold of, especially forcibly or suddenly; grasp: caught me by the arm; caught the reins.
To grab so as to stop the motion of: catch a ball.
To overtake: The green car caught me on the straightaway.
To reach just in time; take: caught the bus to town; catch a wave.
To hold, as by snagging or entangling.
To cause to become suddenly or accidentally hooked, entangled, or fastened: caught my hem on the stair.
To hold up; delay: was caught in traffic for an hour.
To hit; strike: a punch that caught me in the stomach.
To check (oneself) during an action: I caught myself before replying.
To become subject to or to contract, as by exposure to a pathogen: catch a cold.
To become affected by or infused with: caught the joyous mood of the festival.
To suffer from the receipt of (criticism, for example): caught hell for being late.
To take or get suddenly, momentarily, or quickly: We caught a glimpse of the monarch.
To grasp mentally; apprehend: I don’t catch your meaning.
To apprehend and reproduce accurately by or as if by artistic means: an impressionist who caught the effects of wind and water in his paintings.
To attract and fix; arrest: couldn’t catch their attention; caught the teacher’s eye.
To charm; captivate.
To go to see (a performance, for example): caught the midnight show.
To get (something required), usually quickly or for a brief period: catch some sleep.
To become held, entangled, or fastened: My coat caught in the car door.
To act or move so as to hold or grab someone or something: tried to catch at the life preserver.
To be communicable or infectious; spread.
To ignite: The fire caught.
To act as catcher.
The act of catching; a taking and holding.
Something that catches, especially a device for fastening or for checking motion.
Something caught: The mistake you found was a good catch.
One, such as a person or thing, that is worth catching.
The grabbing and holding of a thrown, kicked, or batted ball before it hits the ground.
A game of throwing and catching a ball.
A quantity that is caught: The catch amounted to 50 fish.
A choking or stoppage of the breath or voice.
A stop or break in the operation of a mechanism.
A tricky or previously unsuspected condition or drawback: It sounds like a good offer, but there may be a catch.
A snatch; a fragment.
A canonical, often rhythmically intricate composition for three or more voices, popular especially in the 17th and 18th centuries.
To understand; perceive.
To become popular: Skateboarding caught on quickly.
To snatch: The mugger caught the wallet up and fled.
To detect (another) in a mistake or wrongdoing: Auditors caught up with the embezzler.
To come up from behind; overtake.
To become involved with, often unwillingly: was caught up in the scandal.
To captivate; enthrall: I was caught up in the mood of the evening.
To bring up to date; brief: Let me catch you up on all the gossip.
To bring an activity nearer to completion: I must catch up on my correspondence.
To become very enthusiastic.
To receive a punishment or scolding.
verb - to capture after pursuit