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English definition of “catch up”

catch up

phrasal verb with catch   /kætʃ/ verb (present participle catching, past tense and past participle caught)
to reach the same level or quality as someone or something else : She’s doing extra work to catch up with the rest of the class .
B1 to learn and discuss the newest facts about something: Let’s go out for lunch – I want to catch up on all your news . I’ll catch up with you later .
to reach someone or something that is in front of you by moving faster : We soon caught up with the car in front .
(Definition of catch up from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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