What is catch?

  • (noun): A fastener that fastens or locks a door or window.
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "catch":

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

Famous quotes containing the word catch:

    A sympathetic person is placed in the dilemma of a swimmer among drowning men, who all catch at him, and if he give so much as a leg or a finger, they will drown him. They wish to be saved from the mischief of their vices, but not from their vices.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    ‘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)

    I’d like to catch him—uh—see him sometime when no one’s around.
    —William Beaudine. The Great McGonigle (W.C. Fields)