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catch

verb
 
/kætʃ/ ( present participle catching, past tense and past participle caught)
A1 to stop something that is moving through the air by getting it in your hands: Try to catch the ball.
A1 to get on a bus, train, etc.: I caught the last train home.
A2 to get an illness or disease: I think I caught a cold from her.
B1 to find and stop a person or animal who is trying to escape: He ran after the dog, but couldn’t catch him.
to stick somewhere, or to make something stick somewhere: My dress got caught on a nail and tore.
catch fire B1 to start burning
catch someone’s attention, interest, etc. to make someone notice something and feel interested: All the noise in the street caught his attention.
to discover someone who is doing something wrong or something secret: She was caught cheating on the test.
(Definition of catch from the Websters Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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