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1. catch [ v ] 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 .

Synonyms catch Related Terms surprise

2. catch [ v ] perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily
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 .

Synonyms catch pick_up Related Terms perceive

3. catch [ v ] reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot
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 .

Synonyms catch get Related Terms hit

4. catch [ v ] succeed in catching or seizing, , esp. after a chase
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 .

Synonyms catch capture get Related Terms clutch seize recapture lasso capture

5. catch [ v ] take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion 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 .

Synonyms grab catch take_hold_of Related Terms seize clutch intercept fish harpoon hook net catch_up catcher catcher

6. catch [ v ] to hook or entangle
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 .

Synonyms catch hitch Related Terms unhitch attach snag

7. catch [ v ] attract and fix
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 .

Synonyms catch get arrest Related Terms attract attract

8. catch [ v ] capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
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 .

Synonyms catch capture Related Terms get hunt trap bag rat recapture batfowl

9. catch [ v ] 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 .

Synonyms catch Related Terms board get overtake

10. catch [ v ] 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 .

Synonyms catch Related Terms get

11. catch [ v ] 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 .

Synonyms catch Related Terms change

12. catch [ v ] 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 .

Synonyms catch_up_with overtake catch Related Terms passing compete

13. catch [ v ] see or watch
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 .

Synonyms see watch view take_in catch Related Terms watch visualise preview spectate see view spectator watch seer

14. catch [ v ] grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of
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 .

Synonyms get catch Related Terms understand get

15. catch [ v ] 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 .

Synonyms catch Related Terms hitch

16. catch [ v ] 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 .

Synonyms catch Related Terms contract catch_cold contract

17. catch [ n ] 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 :

Synonyms catch Related Terms drawback

18. catch [ v ] 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 .

Synonyms catch Related Terms control

19. catch [ v ] detect a blunder or misstep
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 .

Synonyms catch trip_up Related Terms learn trip

20. catch [ v ] hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers
Examples: "We overheard the conversation at the next table"

Synonyms overhear catch take_in Related Terms hear listen

21. catch [ v ] become aware of
Examples: "he caught her staring out the window"

Synonyms catch Related Terms witness

22. catch [ n ] anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching)
Examples: "he shared his catch with the others"

Synonyms catch Related Terms object

23. catch [ v ] be the catcher, in baseball
Examples: "Who is catching?"

Synonyms catch Related Terms play baseball

24. catch [ v ] start burning
Examples: "The fire caught."

Synonyms catch Related Terms ignite

25. catch [ n ] a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect

Synonyms match catch Related Terms adult match

26. catch [ n ] a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window

Synonyms catch Related Terms fastener hasp hook hood_latch latch hitch

27. catch [ n ] the quantity that was caught
Examples: "the catch was only 10 fish"

Synonyms haul catch Related Terms indefinite_quantity capture

28. catch [ v ] spread or be communicated
Examples: "The fashion did not catch"

Synonyms catch Related Terms spread

29. catch [ n ] a restraint that checks the motion of something
Examples: "he used a book as a stop to hold the door open"

Synonyms stop catch Related Terms restraint doorstop tripper pawl barricade

30. catch [ n ] the act of catching an object with the hands
Examples: "Mays made the catch with his back to the plate"

Synonyms snap grab snatch catch Related Terms touch reception fair_catch rebound shoestring_catch mesh interception snatch snap_up grab grab

31. catch [ v ] delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned
Examples: "I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting"

Synonyms catch Related Terms delay

32. catch [ v ] attract; cause to be enamored
Examples: "She captured all the men's hearts"

Synonyms capture captivate charm beguile bewitch becharm catch enamor fascinate trance entrance enchant enamour Related Terms attract hold work appeal enchantment fascination captivation smoothie charmer bewitchery captive

33. catch [ v ] apprehend and reproduce accurately
Examples: "She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings" "She got the mood just right in her photographs"

Synonyms get catch Related Terms reproduce

34. catch [ v ] perceive by hearing
Examples: "I didn't catch your name" "She didn't get his name when they met the first time"

Synonyms get catch Related Terms hear

35. catch [ v ] suffer from the receipt of
Examples: "She will catch hell for this behavior!"

Synonyms get catch Related Terms hurt get

36. catch [ n ] a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)

Synonyms catch Related Terms manner_of_speaking

37. catch [ n ] a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth
Examples: "he played catch with his son in the backyard"

Synonyms catch Related Terms game

38. catch [ v ] take in and retain
Examples: "We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater"

Synonyms catch Related Terms collect capture

39. catch [ n ] the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
Examples: "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"

Synonyms arrest collar catch pinch taking_into_custody apprehension Related Terms capture collar

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