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English definition of “catch”

catch

verb (NOTICE)    /kætʃ/ (caught, caught)
B2 [T] to discover , see , or realize something, especially someone doing something wrong : [+ -ing verb] He caught her read ing his old love letters . If the virus is caught (= discovered ) in time , most patients can be successfully treated . I caught sight of/caught a glimpse of (= saw for a moment ) a red coat in the crowd .Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptive catch sb's attention, imagination, interest, etc. B2 to make someone notice something and feel interested : A ship out at sea caught his attention . Her pictures caught my imagination .Attracting and temptingAttractiveSexual attraction be caught without sth to not have something, especially when it is needed : He doesn't like to be caught without any biscuits in the house .Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessary you won't catch sb doing sth said to mean that you will certainly not see someone doing a particular thing or in a particular place : You won't catch me at work after four o'clock. You won't catch Carla eating in a cheap restaurant , oh no.Impossible and improbable
(Definition of catch verb (NOTICE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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