What is catch?

  • (noun): A cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth.
    Example: "He played catch with his son in the backyard"
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "catch":

  • (verb): Spread or be communicated.
    Example: "The fashion did not catch"
  • (verb): Reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot.
    Synonyms: get
  • (verb): Become aware of.
    Example: "He caught her staring out the window"
  • (verb): Succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase.
    Example: "Did you catch the thief?"
    Synonyms: get, capture
  • (verb): Attract and fix.
    Example: "Catch the attention of the waiter"
    Synonyms: arrest, get
  • (verb): Perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily.
    Example: "Ears open to catch every sound"; "Catch a glimpse"
    Synonyms: pick up
  • (verb): Perceive by hearing.
    Example: "I didn't catch your name"
    Synonyms: get
  • (verb): Delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned.
    Example: "I was caught in traffic and missed the meeting"
  • (verb): To hook or entangle.
    Synonyms: hitch
  • (verb): Reach in time.
    Example: "I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock"
  • (verb): Take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of.
    Example: "Catch the ball!"
    Synonyms: grab, take hold of
  • (noun): A hidden drawback.
    Example: "It sounds good but what's the catch?"
  • (noun): The quantity that was caught.
    Example: "The catch was only 10 fish"
    Synonyms: haul
  • (noun): A person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect.
    Synonyms: match
  • (verb): Get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly.
    Example: "Catch some sleep"; "catch one's breath"
  • (verb): Start burning.
    Example: "The fire caught"
  • (verb): Contract.
    Example: "Did you catch a cold?"
  • (verb): Detect a blunder or misstep.
    Synonyms: trip up
  • (verb): Hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers.
    Synonyms: take in, overhear
  • (verb): Discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly; catch somebody doing something or in a certain state.
    Example: "She caught her son eating candy"; "She was caught shoplifting"
  • (verb): Be struck or affected by.
    Example: "Catch fire"; "catch the mood"
  • (noun): A fastener that fastens or locks a door or window.
  • (verb): Be the catcher.
    Example: "Who is catching?"
  • (noun): The act of catching an object with the hands.
    Example: "Mays made the catch with his back to the plate"
    Synonyms: grab, snatch, snap
  • (verb): Check oneself during an action.
    Example: "She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind"
  • (noun): A restraint that checks the motion of something.
    Synonyms: stop
  • (verb): Cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled.
    Example: "I caught the hem of my dress in the brambles"
  • (verb): Suffer from the receipt of.
    Example: "She will catch hell for this behavior!"
    Synonyms: get
  • (verb): Take in and retain.
    Example: "We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater"
  • (verb): Capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping.
    Synonyms: capture
  • (noun): A break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion).
  • (noun): Anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching).
    Example: "He shared his catch with the others"
  • (verb): Apprehend and reproduce accurately.
    Synonyms: get
  • (verb): Grasp with the mind or develop an undersatnding of.
    Example: "Did you catch that allusion?"; "don't catch your meaning"
    Synonyms: get

Famous quotes containing the word catch:

    There isn’t any universal reason;
    And no one but a man would think there was.
    You don’t catch women trying to be Plato.
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)

    ‘E’s invisible, that’s what’s the matter with him. If he gets the rest o’ them clothes off we’ll never catch him in a thousand years.
    R.C. Sherriff (1896–1975)

    A garden is like those pernicious machineries we read of, every month, in the newspapers, which catch a man’s coat-skirt or his hand, and draw in his arm, his leg, and his whole body to irresistible destruction.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)