Translation of "catch" - English-Spanish dictionary

catch

verb uk /kætʃ/ us /kætʃ/ present participle catching, past tense and past participle caught

A1 to stop something that is moving through the air by getting it in your hands

atrapar
Try to catch the ball.

A1 to get on a bus, train, etc.

coger
I caught the last train home.

A2 to get an illness or disease

coger
I think I caught a cold from her.

B1 to find and stop a person or animal who is trying to escape

coger
He ran after the dog, but couldn’t catch him.
catch someone’s attention, interest, etc.

to make someone notice something and feel interested

llamar la atención, suscitar el interés, etc. de alguien
All the noise in the street caught his attention.

to discover someone who is doing something wrong or something secret

pillar
She was caught cheating in the exam.

also get caught to stick somewhere, or to make something stick somewhere

engancharse, pillar
My dress got caught on a nail and tore.

(Translation of “catch” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

catch

verb /kӕtʃ/ (past tense, past participle caught /koːt/)

to stop and hold (something which is moving); to capture

coger, atrapar
He caught the cricket ball
The cat caught a mouse
Did you catch any fish?
I tried to catch his attention.

to be in time for, or get on (a train, bus etc)

coger, llegar a tiempo, alcanzar
I’ll have to catch the 9.45 (train) to London.

to surprise (someone) in the act of

pillar, sorprender, coger, pescar
I caught him stealing (my vegetables).

to become infected with (a disease or illness)

contagiarse de, contraer
He caught flu.

to (cause to) become accidentally attached or held

engancharse
The child caught her fingers in the car door.

to hit

dar con, darse con
The punch caught him on the chin.

to manage to hear

oir, entender, captar
Did you catch what she said?

to start burning

prender (fuego)
I dropped a match on the pile of wood and it caught (fire) immediately.
catching adjective

infectious

contagioso
Is chickenpox catching?
catchy adjective (comparative catchier, superlative catchiest)

(of a tune) attractive and easily remembered

pegadizo
a catchy pop song.
catchphrase nouns ( catchword)

a phrase or word in popular use for a time

tópico, eslogan, muletilla
The comedian was famous for his use of catchphrases.
catch someone’s eye

to attract someone’s attention

atraer la atención de alguien
The advertisement caught my eye
I couldn’t catch the waiter’s eye and so we were last to be served.
catch on phrasal verb

to become popular

ponerse de moda
The fashion soon caught on.

to understand

entender, darse cuenta
He’s a bit slow to catch on.
catch out phrasal verb

to put out (a batsman) at cricket by catching the ball after it has been hit and before it touches the ground

eliminar
He was caught out by a fielder standing just in front of the boundary.

to cause (someone) to fail by means of a trick, a difficult question etc

pillar desprevenido
The last question in the exam caught them all out.
catch up

to come level (with)

alcanzar
We caught him up at the corner
We waited for him to catch up
She had a lot of schoolwork to catch up on after her illness.

(Translation of “catch” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)