catch-22 Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “catch-22” in the English Dictionary

"catch-22" in British English

See all translations

catch-22noun [S or U]

uk   us   /ˌkætʃ.twen.tiˈtuː/
an ​impossiblesituation where you are ​prevented from doing one thing until you have done another thing that you cannot do until you have done the first thing: a catch-22 situation
(Definition of catch-22 from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"catch-22" in American English

See all translations

catch-22noun [C]

 us   /ˈkætʃ ˌtwen·t̬iˈtu, ˈketʃ/
a ​situation in which there are only two ​possibilities, and you cannot do either because each ​depends on having done the other first
(Definition of catch-22 from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"catch-22" in Business English

See all translations

catch-22noun [U]

uk   us  
a difficult ​situation in which the ​solution to a problem is impossible because it is also the cause of the problem: But it is a catch-22 ​situation - you can't get ​people without ​funding, but you can't get ​funding without the ​people there in the first ​place.
(Definition of catch-22 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of catch-22?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


(a plan showing) the subjects or books to be studied in a particular course, especially a course that leads to an exam

Word of the Day

Out of Africa
Out of Africa
by Colin McIntosh,
October 01, 2015
A recent discovery off the coast of the island of Taiwan, made by local fishermen, is causing scientists to re-examine their ideas about early humans. The skull of a male human, now nicknamed Penghu Man, was found to differ significantly from the skulls of the Homo Erectus species previously known in the

Read More 

face training noun
face training noun
October 05, 2015
a system of facial exercises designed to tone the facial muscles and improve the skin

Read More