Meaning of “catch up” in the English Dictionary

"catch up" in British English

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catch-upnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkætʃ.ʌp/ us /ˈkætʃ.ʌp/

catch-upadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈkætʃ.ʌp/ us /ˈkætʃ.ʌp/

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

"catch up" in American English

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catch up

phrasal verb with catch us /kætʃ, ketʃ/ verb past tense and past participle caught /kɔt/

(REACH ANOTHER)

to reach someone or something by moving faster than the other person or thing:

She is really fast, and I couldn’t catch up with her.
fig. We’re a young, growing company, and we’re trying to catch up to the competition.

catch up

phrasal verb with catch us /kætʃ, ketʃ/ verb past tense and past participle caught /kɔt/

(TALK)

to talk with someone you know in order to exchange news or information:

By the time coffee came, R.J. and Angelo had caught up a little bit.

catch-upnoun [ U ]

us /ˈkætʃˌʌp, ˈketʃ-/

the activity of trying to do as well as a competitor or of trying to reach a level of achievement:

Having started his fund-raising late, he had to play catch-up if he wanted to get enough money for his political campaign.

(Definition of “catch up” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"catch up" in Business English

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catch up

phrasal verb with catch uk /kætʃ/ us verb [ T ] caught, caught

[ I ] to do something you did not have time to do earlier:

catch up on sth We're trying to catch up on paperwork this week.
catch up with sth Sam drove straight to the office to catch up with the mountain of work she had waiting for her.
I find the backlog of freelance work sometimes builds up, and I always seem to be catching up.

[ I or T ] to reach the same level or quality as someone or something else:

catch up with sth It was years before demand for office space caught up with supply.
catch sb up Their newer competitors are threatening to catch them up.
He argued that their pay had fallen behind workers in comparable industries and needed to catch up.

[ I ] to find out the most recent information or news:

catch up with sth He used the train journey to catch up with the morning news.
Let's have a coffee next week and catch up.

catch-upnoun [ U ]

uk us

the process of trying to reach the same standard or quality as someone or something else when they have become more advanced or successful:

I'm playing catch-up because of the weeks of training I have missed.

(Definition of “catch up” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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