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Definition of "catch" []

  • To capture or seize, especially after a chase. (verb-transitive)
  • To take by or as if by trapping or snaring. (verb-transitive)
  • To discover or come upon suddenly, unexpectedly, or accidentally: He was caught in the act of stealing. (verb-transitive)
  • To become cognizant or aware of suddenly: caught her gazing out the window. (verb-transitive)
  • To take hold of, especially forcibly or suddenly; grasp: caught me by the arm; caught the reins. (verb-transitive)
  • To take hold of so as to retain or restrain (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To take, seize, or capture, esp after pursuit (verb)
  • To ensnare or deceive, as by trickery (verb)
  • To surprise or detect in an act (verb)
  • To reach with a blow (verb)
  • To overtake or reach in time to board (verb)
  • To see or hear; attend (verb)
  • To be infected with (verb)
  • To hook or entangle or become hooked or entangled (verb)
  • To fasten or be fastened with or as if with a latch or other device (verb)
  • To attract or arrest (verb)
  • To comprehend (verb)
  • To hear accurately (verb)
  • To captivate or charm (verb)
  • To perceive and reproduce accurately (verb)
  • To hold back or restrain (verb)
  • To become alight (verb)
  • To dismiss (a batsman) by intercepting and holding a ball struck by him before it touches the ground (verb)
  • To grasp or attempt to grasp (verb)
  • To take advantage (of), esp eagerly (verb)
  • To make pregnant (verb)
  • The act of catching or grasping (noun)
  • A device that catches and fastens, such as a latch (noun)
  • Anything that is caught, esp something worth catching (noun)
  • The amount or number caught (noun)
  • A person regarded as an eligible matrimonial prospect (noun)
  • A check or break in the voice (noun)
  • A break in a mechanism (noun)
  • A concealed, unexpected, or unforeseen drawback or handicap (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A game in which a ball is thrown from one player to another (noun)
  • The catching of a ball struck by a batsman before it touches the ground, resulting in him being out (noun)
  • A type of round popular in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, having a humorous text that is often indecent or bawdy and hard to articulate (noun)

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Use "catch" in a sentence
  • "Not only did the title catch my attention, but the book totally captivated me."
  • "Thor doesn't like this but, the catch is the majority of the Asgard ships are 'unavailable'."
  • "If the weight of this catch is accurate, it wouldn't be the first bass to top Perry's record."