Meaning of “catching” in the English Dictionary

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"catching" in British English

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catchingadjective [ after verb ]

uk /ˈkætʃ.ɪŋ/ us /ˈkætʃ.ɪŋ/ informal

If an illness is catching, it can easily be passed from one person to another:

Flu is catching, so stay away from work.

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

"catching" in American English

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catchingadjective

us /ˈkætʃ·ɪŋ, ˈketʃ-/

(of an illness) able to be given to someone else:

I’ve got a rash, but I don’t think it’s catching.

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