Meaning of “catch (sb) up” in the English Dictionary

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"catch (sb) up" in British English

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catch (sb) up

phrasal verb with catch uk /kætʃ/ us /kætʃ/ verb caught, caught

B2 to reach someone in front of you by going faster than them:

I ran after her and managed to catch up with her.
UK Go on to the shops without me, I'll catch you up.

More examples

  • He's lagging behind a bit - I think we'd better wait for him to catch us up.
  • The leader is about 50 yards ahead and I'd be amazed if the others can catch her up.
  • There is still plenty of time in this race for our athlete to catch up.
  • She only started walking a few minutes ago - you can easily catch her up.
  • The others ran down the platform and then waited impatiently for me to catch them up, with all the luggage.

(Definition of “catch (sb) up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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