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English definition of “catch”

catch

verb
 
 
/kætʃ/ (past tense and past participle caught)
GET HOLD [T] A1 to stop someone or something that is moving through the air by getting hold of it: Try to catch the ball. She fell backwards but he caught her in his arms.Having in your hands
STOP ESCAPING [T] B1 to find and stop a person or animal who is trying to escape: He ran after his attacker but couldn't catch him. Did you catch many fish today?Capturing or taking possession of thingsGetting, receiving and accepting
CRIMINAL [T] If the police catch a criminal, they find them and take them away: These terrorists must be caught.Capturing or taking possession of thingsGetting, receiving and accepting
ILLNESS [T] A2 to get an illness or disease: I think I've caught a cold.Passing on illness and causing disease
TRANSPORT [T] A1 to get on a bus, train, etc in order to travel somewhere: You can catch the bus from the top of the hill.Boarding and alighting from modes of transport
DISCOVER [T] B2 to discover someone who is doing something wrong or something secret: [+ doing sth] I caught her listening outside the door. informal You won't catch me wearing (= I never wear) a tie.Finding and discovering
STICK [I, T] to stick somewhere, or to make something stick somewhere: My dress caught on the door handle as I was leaving.Placing and positioning an object
COLLECT [T] to collect something that is falling: I used a bucket to catch the drips.Capturing or taking possession of thingsGetting, receiving and accepting
BE IN TIME [T] to manage to be in time to see or do something: I only caught the end of the programme.At the right time
HEAR [T] to hear or understand something correctly: I'm sorry. I didn't catch your name.Using the ears
catch fire B1 to start burningStarting fires
be/get caught to be unable to avoid something unpleasant: I got caught in the rain.Finding and discovering
catch the sun UK to burn your skin in the sun: You've caught the sun on your shoulders.The skin, and skin colourBurning, burnt and on fire
catch sight of sth to see something suddenly, often only for a short time: He caught sight of himself in the mirror.Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptive
HIT [T] to hit something or someone: The ball flew across the garden, and caught me on the chin. → See also catch sb's eye, catch sb off guardHitting against objects accidentally and colliding
(Definition of catch verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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