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catch up

verb uk phrasal verb with catch   /kætʃ/ (caught, caught) us  

(REACH SAME STANDARD)

C1 to reach the same quality or standard as someone or something else: Will Western industry ever catch up with Japanese innovations? He was off school for a while and is finding it hard to catch up.

(DO SOMETHING)

B2 to do something you did not have time to do earlier: She's staying late at the office to catch up with/on some reports.

(DISCUSS)

B2 to learn or discuss the latest news: Let's go for a coffee - I need to catch up on all the gossip.
(Definition of catch up phrasal verb, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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