- 1intercept and hold (something that has been thrown, propelled, or dropped)
- 2capture (a person or animal that tries or would try to escape)
- 3become held or lodged in a part of the body
Using catch: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "catch" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
She caught the ball with one hand.
The police caught the thief after a long chase.
I caught my foot in the door and fell over.
catch Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using catch
The bright colors of the painting caught my eye as I walked by.
The interviewer's question caught me off guard and I didn't know how to respond.
The teacher caught the student red-handed cheating on the test.
Phrases with catch
reach the same level as someone or something ahead; become current
I need to catch up on my work before the weekend.
The new trend is really catching on among young people.
I caught sight of an old friend in the crowd.
Origins of catch
from Old English 'caeccan', meaning 'to seize, grasp'
Summary: catch in Brief
The verb 'catch' [kætʃ] means to intercept and hold something that has been thrown or dropped, capture a person or animal, or become lodged in a part of the body. It can also be used in phrases like 'catch up,' meaning to reach the same level as someone or something ahead, and idioms like 'catch someone's eye,' meaning to attract someone's attention.