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catch

verb  /kætʃ, ketʃ/ ( past tense and past participle caught  /kɔt/) us  

catch verb (TAKE HOLD)

[I/T] to take or get hold of a moving object, or to hold and prevent someone from getting away: [I] She tossed him the car keys and yelled, “Catch!” [T] He sneaked into the fairgrounds without paying and hoped nobody would catch him.

catch verb (DISCOVER)

[T] to discover, find, or become aware of something: If the disease is caught in time, most patients get well quickly. I hope I catch all the mistakes in my term paper.

catch verb (SEE)

[T] to see or hear something or someone, or to understand: I’m sorry, I didn’t quite catch what you said.

catch verb (TRAVEL)

[T] to travel or be able to travel on a train, bus, aircraft, etc.: He always caught the 6:05 train out of Grand Central.

catch verb (BECOME INFECTED)

[T] to get an illness: I caught a cold.

catch

noun  /kætʃ, ketʃ/ us  

catch noun (PROBLEM)

[C] infml a hidden problem or disadvantage: That sales price sounds too good to be true – there must be a catch to it somewhere.

catch noun (DEVICE)

[C] a small device with a movable part that is used to fasten something: The catch on the bracelet is broken.

catch noun (TAKING HOLD)

[C/U] the act of taking hold of something that is thrown or comes through the air: [C] The ball was hit well, but the centerfielder made a leaping, one-handed catch to end the game. [C/U] Catch is also the activity of throwing and receiving a ball with another person: [U] My kids are always begging me to play catch.
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