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English definition of “catch”

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verb [T] (BE IN TIME)    /kætʃ/ (caught, caught)
to manage to be in time to see or do something: I went home early to catch the beginning of the programme. You'll have to run if you want to catch the post (= send a letter before the post has been collected).Succeeding, achieving and fulfilling
(Definition of catch verb (BE IN TIME) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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