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English definition of “catch up”

catch up

phrasal verb with catch     /kætʃ/ 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.
(Definition of catch up from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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