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catch up

part of speech: phrase
definition 1: to reach the same distance or level as another or others who are further ahead (usu. fol. by "to" or "with").
Stop and let me catch up with you.Because she was ill for a week, she needed some extra help to catch up to the rest of the students.
similar words:
approach, overcome, overhaul, overtake
definition 2: to reach a stage of completeness or full satisfaction, but later than originally required or intended (usu. fol. by "on" or "with").
She uses the weekends to catch up on her sleep.He fell behind in his work because of his vacation, but he's catching up with everything now.