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catch-and-release in fishing, a policy of conservation that requires fish to be released back into the wild after being caught.
catch basin a receptacle at the entry to a sewer designed to trap any matter that might block drainage.
catch cold to become ill with a cold.
catcher one that catches. [2 definitions]
catch fire to start to burn.
catchfly any of various plants that secrete a sticky fluid to catch small insects.
catching tending to infect or be taken up by another. [2 definitions]
catchment the collecting of water, esp. rainwater, in a reservoir or drainage area. [2 definitions]
catch on to grasp the meaning of something (often fol by "to"). [3 definitions]
catch on fire (informal) to start to burn; catch fire.
catchpenny made cheaply for quick sale. [2 definitions]
catch phrase a phrase that gains wide public currency, esp. by being frequently repeated.
catch someone's eye to get the attention of someone.
catchup a variant of ketchup.
catch up to reach the same distance or level as another or others who are further ahead (usu. fol. by "to" or "with"). [3 definitions]
catch-up any attempt to overtake one who is ahead, as in a game.
catchword a word or phrase repeated until it becomes a slogan.
catchy easily learned, noticed, or remembered. [2 definitions]
catechetical of, like, or consisting of teaching by means of questions and answers, as in a catechism.
catechism a summary of the principles of a religion, esp. Christianity, in the form of questions and answers. [2 definitions]
catechist one who teaches by means of a catechism, esp. one who instructs another in the principles of Christianity prior to confirmation or baptism.