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catch

catch

 
 
pronunciation:
kaech
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
phrases:
catch up
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: catches, catching, caught
definition 1: to capture or grab, usu. after pursuit.
She caught the boy as he tried to run away.The police finally caught the killer.
synonyms:
capture, ensnare, seize, take
antonyms:
lose
similar words:
bag, corral, get, nab, nail, net, overhaul, snare, stop, trap
definition 2: to take hold of (someone or something falling or thrown).
If you start to fall, I will catch you.I caught the ball in my left hand.
synonyms:
grab
antonyms:
miss
similar words:
capture, clutch, get, grasp, grip, hold, seize, snatch, take, trap
definition 3: to discover and surprise suddenly.
I caught her sleeping at work.
synonyms:
surprise, take
similar words:
descry, detect, expose, find, reveal, startle, uncover, unmask
definition 4: to get aboard, as a bus or train.
If we run, we can still catch the bus.
synonyms:
board
antonyms:
miss
similar words:
embark, get, hop, intercept, make, mount, overtake, take
definition 5: to contract, as an illness.
Don't catch the flu.
synonyms:
contract, get, take
similar words:
incur, strike
definition 6: to understand or comprehend.
Did you catch my meaning?
synonyms:
comprehend, get, grasp, understand
antonyms:
miss
similar words:
apprehend, follow, perceive, savvy, see, seize, sense
definition 7: to attract.
This will catch his attention.
synonyms:
attract, draw
antonyms:
lose
similar words:
gain, get, hold, interest, lure, take
definition 8: to strike.
The falling brick caught him on the shoulder.
synonyms:
buffet, hit, smite, strike
antonyms:
miss
similar words:
bang, bash, belt, clip, clobber, clout, nail, smack, sock, whack
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to become gripped, fastened, or trapped.
His coat caught in the door.
synonyms:
fasten, grip, lock, stick
similar words:
hitch, lodge, seize up, snag
definition 2: to take hold; fasten.
A latch catches and keeps the door closed.
synonyms:
fasten, grip, lock
similar words:
stick, take
definition 3: to begin to burn.
The fire will burn if the kindling catches.
synonyms:
fire, ignite, kindle
similar words:
blaze, burn, flame, flare up, light, start, take
definition 4: in baseball, to play the position of catcher.
similar words:
receive
phrase: catch up
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an act of catching.
synonyms:
grasp, seizure, taking
antonyms:
miss
similar words:
capture, grab, haul, hold, interception, snatch, wrinkle
definition 2: a thing or the quantity that is caught.
The fisherman brought in a big catch.
synonyms:
take
similar words:
capture, haul, prey, prize, quarry
definition 3: a device that takes hold of something and slows or stops its motion; latch.
synonyms:
bolt, fastener, latch
similar words:
buckle, clasp, coupling, hasp, hook, lock
definition 4: an interruption or break.
a catch in one's voicea catch in the car's transmission
synonyms:
break, halt, pause
similar words:
falter, gap, hesitation, interruption
definition 5: a flaw or drawback, often one that is not readily apparent.
synonyms:
hitch, snag
similar words:
Catch-22, gimmick, joker, kicker, penalty, pitfall, rub, stumbling block, trap
definition 6: snatch; bit.
He recalled little catches of poetry.
synonyms:
bit, dab, smack, snatch, touch
similar words:
fragment, piece, pinch, trace