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catch definition and meaning
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.
To seize after pursuing; to arrest; as, to catch a thief.
To take captive, as in a snare or net, or on a hook; as, to catch a bird or fish.
Hence: To insnare; to entangle.
To seize with the senses or the mind; to apprehend; as, to catch a melody.
To communicate to; to fasten upon; as, the fire caught the adjoining building.
To engage and attach; to please; to charm.
To get possession of; to attain.
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.
To come upon unexpectedly or by surprise; to find; as, to catch one in the act of stealing.
To reach in time; to come up with; as, to catch a train.
To attain possession.
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.
To take hold; as, the bolt does not catch.
To spread by, or as by, infecting; to communicate.
Act of seizing; a grasp.
That by which anything is caught or temporarily fastened; as, the catch of a gate.
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.
That which is caught or taken; profit; gain; especially, the whole quantity caught or taken at one time; as, a good catch of fish.
Something desirable to be caught, esp. a husband or wife in matrimony.
Passing opportunities seized; snatches.
A slight remembrance; a trace.
A humorous canon or round, so contrived that the singers catch up each other's words.
Crossword clues for catch
- Angler’s haul
- Come down with
- Contract (cold)
- Ensnare airborne ball
- Fishing fleet’s harvest
- Fishing haul
- Grab hold of stick
- Receive ball
- Snag a desirable partner
- Take captive
- Trawler’s haul
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