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Spanish translation of “catch”

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 .
(Definition of catch from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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