catch
I. verb (caught; catching) Etymology: Middle English cacchen, from Anglo-French cacher, chacher, chacer to hunt, from Vulgar Latin *captiare, alteration of Latin captare to chase, frequentative of capere to take — more at heave Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. a. to capture or seize especially after pursuit <
catch a thief
>
b. to take or entangle in or as if in a snare <
catch fish in a net
>
c. deceive d. to discover unexpectedly ; find <
caught in the act
>
e. to check (oneself) suddenly or momentarily f. to become suddenly aware of <
caught me looking at him
>
2. a. to take hold of ; seize b. to affect suddenly c. to grasp and hold on to (something in motion) <
catch a fly ball
>
d. to avail oneself of ; take <
caught the first opportunity to leave
>
e. to obtain through effort ; get <
catch a ride
>
f. to overtake unexpectedly — usually used in the passive <
was caught in a storm
>
g. to get entangled <
catch a sleeve on a nail
>
3. to become affected by: as a. contract <
catch a cold
>
b. to respond sympathetically to the point of being imbued with <
catch the spirit of an occasion
>
c. to be struck by <
he caught a bullet in the leg
>
d. to be subjected to ; receive <
catch hell
>
4. a. to take in and retain <
a barrel to catch rainwater
>
b. fasten 5. to take or get usually momentarily or quickly <
catch a glimpse of a friend
>
<
catch a nap
>
6. a. overtake <
catch the leader in a race
>
b. to get aboard in time <
catch the bus
>
7. to attract and hold ; arrest, engage <
caught my attention
>
<
caught her eye
>
8. to make contact with ; strike <
the pitch caught him in the back
>
9. a. to grasp by the senses or the mind <
you catch what I mean?
>
<
didn't catch the name
>
b. to apprehend and fix by artistic means <
catch a person's likeness
>
10. a. see, watch <
catch a game on TV
>
b. to listen to 11. to serve as a catcher for in baseball 12. to meet with <
catch you later
>
intransitive verb 1. to grasp hastily or try to grasp 2. to become caught 3. to catch fire 4. to play the position of catcher on a baseball team 5. kick over <
the engine caught
>
catchable adjective Synonyms: catch, capture, trap, snare, entrap, ensnare, bag mean to come to possess or control by or as if by seizing. catch implies the seizing of something in motion or in flight or in hiding <
caught the dog as it ran by
>
. capture suggests taking by overcoming resistance or difficulty <
capture an enemy stronghold
>
. trap, snare, entrap, ensnare imply seizing by some device that holds the one caught at the mercy of the captor. trap and snare apply more commonly to physical seizing <
trap animals
>
<
snared butterflies with a net
>
. entrap and ensnare more often are figurative <
entrapped the witness with a trick question
>
<
a sting operation that ensnared burglars
>
. bag implies shooting down a fleeing or distant prey <
bagged a brace of pheasants
>
. II. noun Date: 15th century 1. something caught; especially the total quantity caught at one time <
a large catch of fish
>
2. a. the act, action, or fact of catching b. a game in which a ball is thrown and caught 3. something that checks or holds immovable <
a safety catch
>
4. one worth catching especially as a spouse 5. a round for three or more unaccompanied usually male voices often with suggestive or obscene lyrics 6. fragment, snatch 7. a concealed difficulty or complication <
there must be a catch
>
8. a momentary audible break in the voice or breath

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