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catch

noun (n)

  • a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident (noun.attribute)
    Synonym: gimmick
    Example:
    It sounds good but what's the catch?.
    source: wordnet30
  • the quantity that was caught (noun.quantity)
    Synonym: haul
    Example:
    The catch was only 10 fish.
    source: wordnet30
  • a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect (noun.person)
    Synonym: match
    source: wordnet30
  • anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching) (noun.object)
    Example:
    He shared his catch with the others.
    source: wordnet30
  • a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion) (noun.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • a restraint that checks the motion of something (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: stop
    source: wordnet30
  • a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth (noun.act)
    Example:
    He played catch with his son in the backyard.
    source: wordnet30
  • the act of catching an object with the hands (noun.act)
    Synonym: grab, snap, snatch
    Example:
    Mays made the catch with his back to the plate.
    source: wordnet30
  • the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal) (noun.act)
    source: wordnet30
  • Act of seizing; a grasp. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly; catch somebody doing something or in a certain state (verb.cognition)
    source: wordnet30
  • perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily (verb.perception)
    Synonym: pick up
    Example:
    Ears open to catch every sound.
    Catch a glimpse.
    source: wordnet30
  • reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot (verb.contact)
    Synonym: get
    source: wordnet30
  • take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of (verb.contact)
    Synonym: grab, take hold of
    Example:
    Catch the ball!.
    source: wordnet30
  • succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase (verb.contact)
    Synonym: capture, get
    Example:
    Did you catch the thief?.
    source: wordnet30
  • to hook or entangle (verb.contact)
    Synonym: hitch
    Antonym: unhitch
    source: wordnet30
  • attract and fix (verb.contact)
    Synonym: arrest, get
    Example:
    Catch the attention of the waiter.
    source: wordnet30
  • capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping (verb.contact)
    Synonym: capture
    source: wordnet30
  • reach in time (verb.motion)
    Synonym: make
    Example:
    I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock.
    source: wordnet30
  • get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly (verb.possession)
    Example:
    Catch some sleep.
    Catch one's breath.
    source: wordnet30
  • catch up with and possibly overtake (verb.competition)
    source: wordnet30
  • be struck or affected by (verb.change)
    Example:
    Catch fire.
    Catch the mood.
    source: wordnet30
  • check oneself during an action (verb.social)
    Example:
    She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind.
    source: wordnet30
  • hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers (verb.perception)
    Synonym: overhear, take in
    source: wordnet30
  • see or watch (verb.perception)
    Synonym: see, take in, view, watch
    Example:
    Catch a show on Broadway.
    source: wordnet30
  • cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • detect a blunder or misstep (verb.cognition)
    Synonym: trip up
    source: wordnet30
  • grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of (verb.cognition)
    Example:
    Did you catch that allusion?.
    Don't catch your meaning.
    source: wordnet30
  • contract (verb.body)
    Synonym: draw, flex
    Example:
    Did you catch a cold?.
    source: wordnet30
  • start burning (verb.weather)
    source: wordnet30
  • perceive by hearing (verb.perception)
    Example:
    I didn't catch your name.
    source: wordnet30
  • suffer from the receipt of (verb.perception)
    Example:
    She will catch hell for this behavior!.
    source: wordnet30
  • attract; cause to be enamored (verb.emotion)
    source: wordnet30
  • apprehend and reproduce accurately (verb.creation)
    source: wordnet30
  • take in and retain (verb.contact)
    Example:
    We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater.
    source: wordnet30
  • spread or be communicated (verb.contact)
    Example:
    The fashion did not catch.
    source: wordnet30
  • be the catcher (verb.competition)
    Example:
    Who is catching?.
    source: wordnet30
  • become aware of (verb.cognition)
    source: wordnet30
  • delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned (verb.change)
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To attain possession. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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