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English Dictionary: catch by the DICT Development Group
4 results for catch
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident; "it sounds good but what's the catch?"
    Synonym(s): catch, gimmick
  2. the quantity that was caught; "the catch was only 10 fish"
    Synonym(s): catch, haul
  3. a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect
    Synonym(s): catch, match
  4. anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching); "he shared his catch with the others"
  5. a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)
  6. a restraint that checks the motion of something; "he used a book as a stop to hold the door open"
    Synonym(s): catch, stop
  7. a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window
  8. a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth; "he played catch with his son in the backyard"
  9. the act of catching an object with the hands; "Mays made the catch with his back to the plate"; "he made a grab for the ball before it landed"; "Martin's snatch at the bridle failed and the horse raced away"; "the infielder's snap and throw was a single motion"
    Synonym(s): catch, grab, snatch, snap
  10. the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
    Synonym(s): apprehension, arrest, catch, collar, pinch, taking into custody
  1. discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly; catch somebody doing something or in a certain state; "She caught her son eating candy"; "She was caught shoplifting"
  2. perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily; "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"
    Synonym(s): catch, pick up
  3. reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot; "the rock caught her in the back of the head"; "The blow got him in the back"; "The punch caught him in the stomach"
    Synonym(s): get, catch
  4. take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of; "Catch the ball!"; "Grab the elevator door!"
    Synonym(s): catch, grab, take hold of
  5. succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase; "We finally got the suspect"; "Did you catch the thief?"
    Synonym(s): get, catch, capture
  6. to hook or entangle; "One foot caught in the stirrup"
    Synonym(s): hitch, catch
    Antonym(s): unhitch
  7. attract and fix; "His look caught her"; "She caught his eye"; "Catch the attention of the waiter"
    Synonym(s): catch, arrest, get
  8. capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping; "I caught a rabbit in the trap today"
    Synonym(s): capture, catch
  9. reach in time; "I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock"
  10. get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly; "Catch some sleep"; "catch one's breath"
  11. catch up with and possibly overtake; "The Rolls Royce caught us near the exit ramp"
    Synonym(s): overtake, catch, catch up with
  12. be struck or affected by; "catch fire"; "catch the mood"
  13. check oneself during an action; "She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind"
  14. hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers; "We overheard the conversation at the next table"
    Synonym(s): catch, take in, overhear
  15. see or watch; "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"
    Synonym(s): watch, view, see, catch, take in
  16. cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled; "I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles"
  17. detect a blunder or misstep; "The reporter tripped up the senator"
    Synonym(s): trip up, catch
  18. grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of; "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"
    Synonym(s): catch, get
  19. contract; "did you catch a cold?"
  20. start burning; "The fire caught"
  21. perceive by hearing; "I didn't catch your name"; "She didn't get his name when they met the first time"
    Synonym(s): catch, get
  22. suffer from the receipt of; "She will catch hell for this behavior!"
    Synonym(s): catch, get
  23. attract; cause to be enamored; "She captured all the men's hearts"
    Synonym(s): capture, enamour, trance, catch, becharm, enamor, captivate, beguile, charm, fascinate, bewitch, entrance, enchant
  24. apprehend and reproduce accurately; "She really caught the spirit of the place in her drawings"; "She got the mood just right in her photographs"
    Synonym(s): catch, get
  25. take in and retain; "We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater"
  26. spread or be communicated; "The fashion did not catch"
  27. be the catcher; "Who is catching?"
  28. become aware of; "he caught her staring out the window"
  29. delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned; "I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Catch \Catch\, n.
      1. Act of seizing; a grasp. --Sir P. Sidney.
      2. That by which anything is caught or temporarily fastened;
            as, the catch of a gate.
      3. The posture of seizing; a state of preparation to lay hold
            of, or of watching he opportunity to seize; as, to lie on
            the catch. [Archaic] --Addison.
                     The common and the canon law . . . lie at catch, and
                     wait advantages one againt another.   --T. Fuller.
      4. That which is caught or taken; profit; gain; especially,
            the whole quantity caught or taken at one time; as, a good
            catch of fish.
                     Hector shall have a great catch if he knock out
                     either of your brains.                        --Shak.
      5. Something desirable to be caught, esp. a husband or wife
            in matrimony. [Colloq.] --Marryat.
      6. pl. Passing opportunities seized; snatches.
                     It has been writ by catches with many intervals.
      7. A slight remembrance; a trace.
                     We retain a catch of those pretty stories.
      8. (Mus.) A humorous canon or round, so contrived that the
            singers catch up each other's words.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Catch \Catch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Caught}[or] {Catched}; p.
      pr. & vb. n. {Catching}. Catched is rarely used.] [OE.
      cacchen, OF. cachier, dialectic form of chacier to hunt, F.
      chasser, fr. (assumend) LL. captiare, for L. capture, V.
      intens. of capere to take, catch. See {Capacious}, and cf.
      {Chase}, {Case} a box.]
      1. To lay hold on; to seize, especially with the hand; to
            grasp (anything) in motion, with the effect of holding;
            as, to catch a ball.
      2. To seize after pursuing; to arrest; as, to catch a thief.
            [bd]They pursued . . . and caught him.[b8] --Judg. i. 6.
      3. To take captive, as in a snare or net, or on a hook; as,
            to catch a bird or fish.
      4. Hence: To insnare; to entangle. [bd]To catch him in his
            words[b8]. --Mark xii. 13.
      5. To seize with the senses or the mind; to apprehend; as, to
            catch a melody. [bd]Fiery thoughts . . . whereof I catch
            the issue.[b8] --Tennyson.
      6. To communicate to; to fasten upon; as, the fire caught the
            adjoining building.
      7. To engage and attach; to please; to charm.
                     The soothing arts that catch the fair. --Dryden.
      8. To get possession of; to attain.
                     Torment myself to catch the English throne. --Shak.
      9. To take or receive; esp. to take by sympathy, contagion,
            infection, or exposure; as, to catch the spirit of an
            occasion; to catch the measles or smallpox; to catch cold;
            the house caught fire.
      10. To come upon unexpectedly or by surprise; to find; as, to
            catch one in the act of stealing.
      11. To reach in time; to come up with; as, to catch a train.
      {To catch fire}, to become inflamed or ignited.
      {to catch it} to get a scolding or beating; to suffer
            punishment. [Colloq.]
      {To catch one's eye}, to interrupt captiously while speaking.
            [Colloq.] [bd]You catch me up so very short.[b8]
      {To catch up}, to snatch; to take up suddenly.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Catch \Catch\, v. i.
      1. To attain possession. [Obs.]
                     Have is have, however men do catch.   --Shak.
      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.
      3. To take hold; as, the bolt does not catch.
      4. To spread by, or as by, infecting; to communicate.
                     Does the sedition catch from man to man? --Addison.
      {To catch at}, to attempt to seize; to be eager to get or
            use. [bd][To] catch at all opportunities of subverting the
            state.[b8] --Addison.
      {To catch up with}, to come up with; to overtake.
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