To catch up with
Catch Catch, v. i. 1. To attain possession. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Have is have, however men do catch. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To be held or impeded by entanglement or a light obstruction; as, a kite catches in a tree; a door catches so as not to open. [1913 Webster]

3. To take hold; as, the bolt does not catch. [1913 Webster]

4. To spread by, or as by, infecting; to communicate. [1913 Webster]

Does the sedition catch from man to man? --Addison. [1913 Webster]

{To catch at}, to attempt to seize; to be eager to get or use. ``[To] catch at all opportunities of subverting the state.'' --Addison.

{To catch up with}, to come up with; to overtake. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To take order with — Take Take, v. t. [imp. {Took} (t[oo^]k); p. p. {Taken} (t[=a]k n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Taking}.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth. t[=e]kan to touch; of uncertain origin.] 1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To catch at — Catch Catch, v. i. 1. To attain possession. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Have is have, however men do catch. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To be held or impeded by entanglement or a light obstruction; as, a kite catches in a tree; a door catches so as not to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • catch up — {v.} 1. To take or pick up suddenly; grab (something). * /She caught up the book from the table and ran out of the room./ 2. To capture or trap (someone) in a situation; concern or interest very much. Usually used in the passive with in . * /The… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • catch up — {v.} 1. To take or pick up suddenly; grab (something). * /She caught up the book from the table and ran out of the room./ 2. To capture or trap (someone) in a situation; concern or interest very much. Usually used in the passive with in . * /The… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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